England take on Lithuania at the Wembley later tonight and their Manager Roy Hodgson is expected to experiment with the squad. The only confirmed starters are Jack Butland in goal, Phil Jones, Jagielka, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy and it is expected that the manager will make eight changes from the team that defeated Estonia on Friday night to guarantee England would also be seeded at the finals.
Goalkeeper: Jack Butland
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was the first-choice custodian for Roy Hodgson’s men will be rested for Stoke City’s Jack Butland for the game against Lithuania.
Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Ryan Bertrand
Liverpool’s new signing Nathaniel Clyne will be the right-back while the centre-back pairing will be Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Manchester United’s Phil Jones, who returned from injuries. First-choice left-back Luke Shaw has suffered a horrific injury and in his place, Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand will get the nod. Jagielka will also be wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Gary Cahill.
Midfielders: Jonjo Shelvey, James Milner, Ross Barkley
In the absence of Jordon Henderson and Jack Wilshere, he three men English midfield will feature Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey, veteran Michael Carrick and Everton’s Ross Barkley. Shelvey had a stunning game last time when England played while Barkley is performing consistently for his national team for a while. Manchester United’s Michael Carrick is expected to play ahead of James Milner. It won’t be a surprise if Tottenham’s Dele Alli starts the game ahead of Carrick after the manager spoke highly about the youngster last night.
Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott, Harry Kane
Once again Rooney is expected to miss out from England’s Euro qualifier. Rooney’s form at international level is a stark contrast to his club performances as he has so far struggled to make an impact at United this season, scoring just the one Premier League goal.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy will get the nod as the striker and he will be alongside Arsenal’s Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.