Roy Hodgson undecided over England team to face Poland

England are in Warsaw for Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier and Roy Hodgson has several selection dilemmas ahead of the match against Poland.

Roy Hodgson undecided over England team to face Poland

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October 15th, 2012

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Steven Gerrard will definitely return as captain, although Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole and Jermain Defoe are not completely certain to replace their understudies after fine performances against San Marino by Leighton Baines and Danny Welbeck.

The Defoe v Welbeck conundrum is one of the most difficult for the England manager although he admits they are nice problems to have ahead of an important qualifier against a reasonably good team.

“We try to utilise the squad for the two games, and maybe keep some players back from the San Marino game,” Hodgson said.

“We have a lot of players who didn’t play against San Marino available tomorrow night so have quite a good option. Unfortunately we didn’t recover Frank Lampard or Ryan Bertrand but other than that we have a full squad to choose from and quite a few players who didn’t take part at all against San Marino.

“There are quite a few (selection decisions) and that’s good to have,” Hodgson added. “I’d prefer not to quantify them or put them in any order, but it’s good that the players who came in against San Marino who people did not see as first choice played well.

“You do get more a selection headache, but all coaches will tell you selection headaches are what we’re after.”

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