San Marino v England: Frank Lampard captains England as Steven Gerrard is rested

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain starts

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Frank Lampard will captain England tonight when they take on San Marino.

The Chelsea midfielder has been given the armband by Roy Hodgson after the England manager elected to name Steven Gerrard among his substitutes.

Elsewhere, Theo Walcott's absence is confirmed, with the Arsenal midfielder not making the bench. He's expected to be out for up to 10 days with an injury. That's opened up an opportunity for his Gunners team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who comes into the starting XI.

Leighton Baines starts at left-back ahead of Ashley Cole and Kyle Walker is at right-back rather than Hodgson's usual choice of Glen Johnson.

At centre-back, any rumours that Michael Carrick would fill in have been rubbished, with Joleon Lescott and Chris Smalling charged with keeping the minnows out.

In attack, Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will partner Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United duo Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley also make the starting line-up.


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England: 1 Joe Hart, 2 Kyle Walker, 3 Leighton Baines, 4 Tom Cleverley, 5 Joleon Lescott, 6 Chris Smalling, 7 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 8 Frank Lampard (c), 9 Jermain Defoe, 10 Wayne Rooney, 11 Ashley Young.

Substitutes: 12 Scott Parker, 13 Ben Foster, 14 Ashley Cole, 15 Steven Taylor, 16 Steven Caulker, 17 James Milner, 18 Steven Gerrard, 19 Michael Carrick, 20 Leon Osman, 21 Daniel Welbeck, 22 Daniel Sturridge, 23 Fraser Forster.