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The possible England starting 11 v Italy

Roy Hodgson has decided to give youth a chance in the friendly against Italy in Bern.

Regulars such as John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney have been rested, whilst the likes of Theo Walcott, Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge have withdrawn through injury.

Total Football’s Simon Wright analyses a possible starting 11 for this friendly.

Jack Butland

The rise of Jack Butland continues and he is likely to win his first England cap, ahead of Norwich goalkeeper, John Ruddy.

A back injury to regular choice Joe Hart means Butland, who has no senior experience at Birmingham City, could be thrust into the limelight.

He showed some excellent performances at the Olympics for Team GB, although he was at fault for Ji-Dong Won’s goal in the quarter-final, which ultimately saw the team’s demise.

This friendly will give him the chance to put aside any doubts and underline again his growing potential.

Kyle Walker

Last year’s winner of the PFA Young Player of the Year award was unlucky to miss out on the England squad at Euro 2012, due to a toe injury.

He might not be 100 per cent fit, as he picked up a recurrence of this, on Tottenham’s recent tour of America.

Hodgson will want to see him on top form, especially as Glen Johnson, Phil Jones and Micah Richards can provide competition.

It’s a good opportunity for Walker to stake his claim as the Three Lions no.1 right back.

Gary Cahill

Like Walker, Gary Cahill missed out on the Euros, thanks to an injury in the final warm-up game with Belgium.

In my view, Cahill has shown shaky moments since joining Chelsea in January and he was an unused substitute for the FA Community Shield at the weekend.

Cahill is a threat from set plays, has shown leadership skills in the past during his time with Bolton and to the Italians, is an unknown quantity.

This game could be the perfect tonic for his fitness and confidence ahead of a busy season.

Joleon Lescott

Initially, Hodgson had indicated that none of the backline that played in the defeat to the Azzuri in Kiev would play this friendly.

However, Joleon Lescott was called up when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled out and he should start the game, although expecting more than an hour is unlikely.

Lescott was an assured player during the summer’s football festival and already has some silverware to his name this season, following the Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

In what will be an untested back four, Lescott will provide the reliable head at the back in Bern.

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines (pictured) has turned into a very dependable left back and regularly gets the job done.

He has been the perfect understudy to Ashley Cole for a number of years now. With Cole rested for this one, gets another chance to show his credentials.

When he has played for England before, Baines has shown forms of naivety in his attacking duties, exposing the side occasionally at the back.

Admired by both Manchester clubs, this is another chance to increase his reputation and potential valuation.

James Milner

Hodgson kept faith with James Milner in his opening games, especially because he fights for the cause.

Sometimes passive at Manchester City, Milner is a better option for England and can alternate in position across midfield.

He works hard, enjoys getting forward but understands his defensive responsibilities 100 per cent.

He might not get 9/10 from the newspaper journalists but Milner is a very good player and a useful addition to any starting 11.

Frank Lampard

Hodgson has confirmed that Frank Lampard will wear the armband for this friendly, which is bound to be a great boost for the Chelsea man.

Lampard’s international record is patchy and has often left his best form behind at Stamford Bridge.

However, he is an excellent deputy and always arrives in the attacking areas to offer a real threat.

Being captain is a wise choice and for Lampard, the opportunity is there to convince Hodgson, that he is a longer term option in a hotly contested position.

Tom Cleverley

This could be a make-or-break season for Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley.

Last year, injury hindered his chances but a solid, if unspectacular showing at the Olympics, does have him again in the limelight.

If he does play, it will be his first cap for England.

It is a big chance for Cleverley to make a name for himself.

Ashley Young

In some people’s eyes, Ashley Young was the English villain of Euro 2012.

In good form going into the championships, he had an absolute shocker in Ukraine and also missed a crucial penalty in the shootout.

The Manchester United winger has the ability to either excite the world, or disappear without trace.

It is time for Young to prove the growing doubters wrong. He certainly has a point to make.

Andy Carroll

It has been a troubled summer for Andy Carroll, as he has been subject to constant speculation about his future at Liverpool.

Seemingly not in Brendan Rodgers' long-term plans at Anfield, there will be some scouts that will be keeping a close eye on his performance in this one.

Everyone knows about Carroll’s ability in the air and he can link up well with the players around him, depending on the right system.

Carroll played well at the Euros and scored against Sweden. This could be a make-or-break game for both his international and club future.

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe has shown flashes of what he is capable of on the international stage but injury has got in the way far too often.

On the fringe at Tottenham last season, he is considering his long-term future in North London.

On his day, Defoe is a lethal finisher with good pace and awareness of where the goal is.

He could strike up a useful partnership with Carroll and it would be handy for England to have two excellent relationships upfront.

By Simon Wright – Follow me on Twitter @Siwri88

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