Arsenal players set to feature for England


Both midfielder Jack Wilshere and winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to start England’s friendly against Ecuador in Miami as part for an ‘experimental’ XI that will supposedly include Wayne Rooney in a wide position.

Hodgson is keen to find out which players can play in secondary positions due to his concerns over player fitness in the heat and humidity of Brazil. Frank Lampard will captain the side whilst James Milner is set to fill in at right back after Glen Johnson’s average performance against Brazil.

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  • The England manager said,“James will play right-back against Ecuador. He’s got the qualities to play there. There may be moments in the World Cup where we’d like to use him there. This will give him some experience of that position. He’s in the squad as a right or left-sided midfield player and that’s where we see him mostly, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on at right-back.”

    As discussed previously, European teams often struggle with the heat and humidity in South America and squad rotation could well be vital to England’s chances of  lasting as long as possible in the competition, so the experimentation will please fans who think Hodgson needs to consider alternative teams to succeed.

    Arsenal fans will also be happy to see their men in action, as Wilshere will sure feature in future England teams as Gerrard and Lampard fade out of the national set-up and Oxlade-Chamberlain adds pace to the wings in the absence of fellow Gunner Theo Walcott who is still recovering from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered against Tottenham earlier in the season.

    The inclusion of the club’s players in the national team is always something to be proud of as it is a recognition of the teams strength and progress, especially with the criticism levelled at Arsenal for not fielding enough domestic players.

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