England skipper Steven Gerrard has been ruled out of England squad to face South American side Chile at Wembley this Friday. The 33 year old suffered a hip injury during the match of Liverpool against Fulham last week.
Frank Lampard will definitely be the first choice to replace Gerrard as captain, but the 35 year old is struggling with a cold which could leave the England boss with a captaincy problem.
While Wayne Rooney is the second one to take the armband if Lampard is not fit to play.
Michael Carrick will be out for four to six weeks due to Achilles problem that will cause great trouble in the midfield as experienced players are injured.
While there are many more players who are sidelined due to injuries, Tottenham Kyle Walker was also forced to miss the training today. England manager Roy Hodgson should not be worried regarding the young right back as Liverpool’s Glen Johnson has returned from an injury. Hodgson has a lot of variety right backs in his squad, Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are also named in the England squad to face Chile.
Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, Everton’s Leighton Baines and Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs are available on the left.
Meanwhile, Southampton forward Rickie Lambert is hoping to prove himself in this match to get his place booked in the squad before the coming World Cup which will be held in June 2014, Brazil.
Southampton two star players Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez are selected for England squad for the first time.
Tottenham young gun Andros Townsend is also keen to impress and continue his form to get a regular birth in the starting lineup.
Joe Hart, John Ruddy, Fraser Forster.
Leighton Baines Kyle Walker (injured), Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jones, Glen Johnson, Chris Smalling,
Ross Barkley, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick (injured), Steven Gerrard (injured), Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere (injured), Frank Lampard (doubtful), Andros Townsend, James Milner.
Daniel Sturridge (injured), Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Danny Welbeck (injured), Jermain Defoe.