Goalkeeper: Joe Hart
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will be the first-choice custodian for Roy Hodgson’s men. Stoke City’s Jack Butland will have to wait longer to get a chance to play for the three lions.
Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, John Stones, Chris Smalling, Kieron Gibbs
Liverpool’s new signing Nathaniel Clyne will be the right-back while the centre-back pairing will be Everton’s John Stones and Manchester United’s in-form Chris Smalling. There might be a surprise pick in the left-back position after their first choice left-back Luke Shaw has suffered a horrific injury and in his place, Arsenal’s Kieron Gibbs might get the nod. Gibbs has become the second choice left-back at Arsenal after his Spanish teammate Nacho Monreal has outperformed him for a place in the playing XI. Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is also a choice for Hodgson for the left-back role.
Midfielders: Jonjo Shelvey, James Milner, Ross Barkley
The England midfield will feature Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey, Liverpool’s James Milner and Everton’s Ross Barkley. Shelvey had a stunning game last time when England played while Barkley and Milner are performing consistently for their national team for a while. Manchester United’s Michael Carrick might come on later in the game.
Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott, Harry Kane
Roy Hodgson stated last week that Rooney is not guaranteed a place, the country’s leading goal scorer is likely to miss out, but due to injury. 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.
Theo Walcott has been playing in his preferred position as a striker for Arsenal and will get the nod as the striker with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Tottenham’s Harry Kane playing in the wings.