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England midfielder Frank Lampard

England v Chile: Frank Lampard confirmed as captain in absence of Steven Gerrard

The Chelsea midfielder will lead out the side at Wembley on Friday

Ross Barkley (left) walks with Adam Lallana during training at London Colney

England v Chile: Everton midfielder Ross Barkley hungry for chance to reserve his England place in Brazil

If he is unleashed at Wembley, and he delivers, the Everton man will have moved one step closer to a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad

Jack Butland (far left) in England training alongside Joe Hart (centre) and Rob Green (right)

World Cup 2014: England hopeful Jack Butland has sympathy for struggling No 1 Joe Hart

Stoke goalkeeper, on loan at Barnsley, has one cap to his name

England coach Roy Hodgson has picked Jay Rodriguez

World Cup 2014: Brazil tournament will favour African teams, predicts Roy Hodgson

The climate is more suitable than that found in Europe says the England manager

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has set himself the task of making Roy Hodgson's England squad for next year's World Cup

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson sets sights on place in England squad for 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Henderson feels his game has vastly improved this season after he returned to the senior England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany

Manchester United gained momentum in the league with victory over Arsenal

Hatred for Manchester United has driven team on after difficult start to the season, reveals Phil Jones

People want us to lose because we have won the league so much

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez feels the team can push even higher than their current third place

Southampton 4 Hull 1: Latest England call-up Jay Rodriguez claims Saints can go even higher than their current third place

Emphatic victory over Tigers means Southampton go into the international break in the top three and Rodriguez wants hard work to keep team on the rise

Mauricio Pochettino won the Manager of the Month award

Manager of the Month award for Mauricio Pochettino adds to Southampton success

Before Mauricio Pochettino’s first match in charge of Southampton back in January, supporters were encouraged to bring along white handkerchiefs to protest against the sacking of Nigel Adkins.

Danny Welbeck

Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck likely to miss England friendlies

The 22-year-old has been sidelined with fluid on his knee

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 7 November 2013

Townsend’s father defends decision  to tackle Hodgson

Andros’s father Troy, left, appreciates the risk taken by Hodgson in picking his son

Troy Townsend: Father tries to help his son, Andros, plot path through the game

He gave up managing to guide the Spurs and England winger and to help the fight against racism

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson plays down concern at lack of English players in the Premier League

National team woes have been placed at the door of the Premier League

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 24 October 2013

Pulis in frame for Crystal Palace job as Holloway quits

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 23 October 2013

Arsenal come up short as Chelsea turn on the style

Wilfried Zaha is likely to start for England Under-21s when they take on Lithuania later today

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha to be given chance to impress... for England Under-21s against Lithuania

Zaha is yet to feature under David Moyes in the Premier League and hasn't played since the curtain-raising Community Shield victory over Wigan in August

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