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Hodgson calls on Manchester United duo
ROY HODGSON has promoted Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick to England's starting line-up for this evening's must-win World Cup qualifier against Poland.
England kick off at Wembley knowing that a win in their final qualifier will guarantee a place in next year's finals in Brazil.
However, with Ukraine seemingly guaranteed to win their final game in San Marino, anything less than a victory will almost certainly see England drop into next month's play-offs.
Hodgson's first change to the side that beat Montenegro on Friday evening is enforced, with Smalling replacing the suspended Kyle Walker, who picked up his second booking of the campaign four nights ago.
Smalling is preferred to his club mate, Phil Jones, who is named among the substitutes.
Carrick is preferred to Frank Lampard, and the Newcastle-born midfielder will play alongside skipper Steven Gerrard as Hodgson retains the 4-2-3-1 formation that proved so successful on Friday.
Danny Welbeck and Andros Townsend retain their places in the wide positions, with Wayne Rooney playing off lone striker Daniel Sturridge.
While Poland have nothing to play for as they cannot make the play-offs, the support of around 20,000 Polish supporters in Wembley should provide plenty of incentive for England's opponents to give their all.
ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Hart; Smalling, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Carrick; Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge.
POLAND (4-2-3-1): Szczęsny; Celeban, Jędrzejczyk, Glik, Wojtkowiak; Krychowiak, M Lewandowski; Błaszczykowski, Mierzejewski, Sobota; R Lewandowski.
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