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The England squad is named with a couple of new faces but not the experimental squad many were hoping for



England manager Roy Hodgson has included Southampton players Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana in his squad for the forthcoming friendly internationals against Chile and Germany.

The pair are the only uncapped players in the squad, and join their fellow team mate Rickie Lambert.

Lallana, 25, was drafted into the senior squad for last year's game against Ukraine, but failed to make his debut appearance. He and Rodriguez have been a big part of Southampton's great start to the season.

Speaking of the two players, England Manager Roy Hodgson said, "Adam was with us once a long time ago but he came in late and didn't play so we did see him in training."

"But of course we have been following him very closely and I think he has played a major part in Southampton's rise to the top this season. They are playing very well and he is an important cog, so I think it was quite obvious we would pick him."

"When it comes to Jay Rodriguez, Danny Welbeck at the moment has been injured. We hope and believe he will be fit to play - but I see Rodriguez as someone who could possibly fill that Welbeck role."

"He is a wide forward rather than a midfielder or a winger. He likes to go forward, attack people with and without the ball and get into the penalty box."

"We think he has played well for Southampton and we think this might be an interesting opportunity for us in nine days of training and a couple of games to get to know a little bit more about him as a staff, because up to now our information about him has been gleaned from the stands, not from actually working with him."

Aside from the Southampton pair, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has earned a recall to the squad but other than that the squad remains largely unchanged.

Many were hoping that with World Cup qualification secure, that Hodgson would use these friendlies to test out some fresh talent at senior level. The likes of Fabian Delph, Ravel Morrison and Saido Berahino, who have all had impressive seasons for their respective clubs so far.

Those who were hopeful of some changes will perhaps be more perturbed that the likes of Tom Cleverly and James Milner, who have not featured regularly or impressed massively when played, are included at the expense of some young blood.

England play Chile at Wembley on Friday November 15 with Germany arriving at the same venue four days later.


Goalkeepers-Forster, Hart, Ruddy

Defenders- Baines, Cahill, Cole, Gibbs, Jagielka, Johnson, Jones, Smalling, Walker

Midfielders- Barkley, Carrick, Cleverley, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Lampard, Milner, Townsend, Wilshere

Strikers-Defoe, Lambert, Rodriguez, Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck.

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