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Hodgson Delays Naming England Squad

Roy Hodgson has delayed naming his England squad until after next weekend’s matches. The national team head coach fears several injury withdrawals.

The Daily Mail reports that Hodgson came to the decision to delay the announcement of the England squad that will take on San Marino and Switzerland on Sept. 5 and 8 in the qualifiers for the 2016 European Championship in France after a long meeting with assistant manager Ray Lewington and assistant coach Gary Neville on Monday.

Hodgson wants to pick the strongest team possible, but has doubts over Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana along with Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph as their status is uncertain of the players fitness. Both Lallana and Henderson missed Liverpool’s game against Arsenal on Monday, and are uncertain for Saturday’s clash against West Ham.

“We have a large of number of players that still need confirming regarding availability and fitness,” Hodgson said. “Rather than selecting a larger squad now, we will wait for the games at the weekend before choosing around 23 players who are definitely available.”

England lead Group E on 18 points after six games. The team has been steamrolling through the group, outscoring their opponents 18-3. Switzerland sits in second with 12 points, and San Marino are dead last with one point in six games.

England will travel to San Marino for what should be an easy three points before going home to host Switzerland. Wayne Rooney is believed to be named in the squad despite not having scored for Manchester United in 10 games. Rooney is one goal away from tying Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record in the England shirt.

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