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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Roy Hodgson makes nine changes for dead rubber clash with Costa Rica

Simon Peach

Published 23/06/2014 | 20:27

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Roy Hodgson: 'I'm numb with sadness that so many hopes and dreams have been blown away.' Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson will offer a glimpse of the future in Tuesday's World Cup clash against Costa Rica.

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With their elimination already confirmed ahead of the final Group D match, the Three Lions boss promised to make changes in Belo Horizonte.

The guessing game began straight after those comments and Hodgson was asked if he could shed any light on the team that would face Costa Rica.

Surprisingly, the England boss named his entire starting line-up for Tuesday's match, with Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge the only survivors from last week's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

"Well, Ben Foster will play in goal," Hodgson said. "The right-back will be Phil Jones.

"Gary Cahill will play centre-half alongside Chris Smalling, and Luke Shaw will play left-back.

"In midfield we will have Milner, Lampard, Wilshere, Barkley, Lallana and Sturridge will play up front."

Hodgson insists this is not a team just to give everyone a run out, though, with the Three Lions boss confident they can win the match - one which they need a positive result from to avoid becoming the first England side to lose all three World Cup group games.

"With a very different team and a lot of players who haven't played in the tournament so far, I wanted everyone to go home from this tournament - or at least as many as possible - having taken part and played in a game, not just training," he said.

"We're very conscious of the fact that our fans are as disappointed and devastated as we are, but they are still here supporting us.

"We came into the hotel and received a lot of sympathy, kind words from them and we really want to make certain tomorrow night that they see something tomorrow that they can take some encouragement from.

"And most importantly of all, it's a top-class international on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup, so anything else than taking the game very seriously and trying to win the game in its own right would be out of the question."

Frank Lampard will captain the side on Tuesday in what may well be the last of 106 caps for England.

The same goes for captain Steven Gerrard, who Hodgson asked to stay on as player and skipper after the World Cup.

Asked if he had the same conversation with the former Chelsea midfielder, Hodgson said: "With regard to Frank Lampard, he's 36.

"We don't know as yet what his next destination is. I would be more than happy if Frank remains available for selection because you never know when you need players.

"A quality player like him I am sure he could serve the country well even in the future, but I haven't had that conversation with him as such as yet.

"I have talked to him more about his future plans and I'm pretty sure that, if we said to him the chances are you might not feature quite so much but please don't retire, please be available, well I think Frank is one of those guys who would say 'you can always count on me if you need me'."

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