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Saturday 19 August 2017

Hodgson tells players to make their mark

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has challenged his players to lay down a marker in the coming friendlies .

A friendly double-header against World Cup holders Germany in Berlin tonight and Holland at Wembley on Tuesday comes as Hodgson begins to finalise his plans for who will make the cut for Euro 2016 in France.

With captain Wayne Rooney, first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ryan Bertrand, Luke Shaw and Fabian Delph all missing out through injury this time, there are opportunities opening up for players who may have been facing a summer holiday rather than competitive action.

Danny Rose and Danny Drinkwater could make their debuts in Saturday's clash in Germany, while there are a number of other players looking to assure themselves of a place in the reckoning.

Hodgson often stays loyal to players whom he has developed trust in, with Danny Welbeck recalled after overcoming a 10-month injury lay-off and Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott also included despite his poor club form.

Walcott has suffered a dead leg in preparation and is a doubt, having only warmed up with the squad before training alone on the eve of the clash.

With so many regular squad members currently out injured and two men hoping to make their debuts and impress in time to make the squad, Hodgson is not ready to sign off on his final choices for Euro 2016.

"We will have three more before the final squad is selected," he said. "In principle we are going to utilise the whole squad and at least give people the chance, before I have to name the 23, to put a marker down."

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