Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana will win their first caps for England tonight against Chile, and will make the starting line-up according to reports.
Both players have been in outstanding form for the Saints this season, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side deservedly sitting in third place in the Premier League. Lallana is so confident of his making his debut for the national team he has even had the St George's Cross stitched into his boots to wear tonight, complete with the caption: "Cap No 1".
It could have been three Southampton players in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI against Chile if Rickie Lambert was fit. The striker, who has scored in two of his three international caps, will miss the match at Wembley with a minor muscle injury.
It is the first time the forward Rodriguez, who has appeared for England at Under-21 level, has been called up to the senior squad, while winger Lallana was in the squad to face Ukraine last year, but did not play.
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