Roy Hodgson, England’s manager is happy to have a selection headache for tomorrow’s crunch qualifier with Poland. England’s five nil victory at Wembley against lowly San Marino came despite an absence of regulars and now with more experienced players back, Hodgson needs to go back to the drawing board and has got some thinking to do ahead of their trip to Poland.
‘We try to utilise the squad for the two games, and maybe keep some players back from the San Marino game,’ Hodgson said.
‘We have a lot of players who didn’t play against San Marino available tomorrow night so have quite a good option. Unfortunately we didn’t recover Frank Lampard or Ryan Bertrand but other than that we have a full squad to choose from and quite a few players who didn’t take part at all against San Marino.’
Leighton Baines impressive performance against San Marino may have him as a surprise inclusion in the game against Poland ahead of the vastly experienced Ashley Cole. Danny Wellbeck, who doesn’t seem to score regular goals for England also put on a good performance and notched up two goals.
‘I’d prefer not to quantify them or put them in any order, but it’s good that the players who came in against San Marino who people did not see as first choice played well. You do get more a selection headache, but all coaches will tell you selection headaches are what we’re after,’ said Hodgson.
Actually it was a very young England team that took to the field against San Marino. Oxlade Chamberlain, who followed his dad, in scoring for England was also a star performer on the night. However, it is expected that given the nature of the task, Hodgson will opt for experience and bring in the likes of Gerrard and Milner.