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England v Moldova: Match preview

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England will be without a number of first-team regulars when taking on Moldova in the first of two crucial World Cup Qualifying games. 

England will face Moldova on Friday, at Wembley, and will be without Wayne Rooney, Glen Johnson and Phil Jones. All three picked up injuries whilst playing for their clubs at the weekend. 

Rooney suffered a horrific cut to the head after an accidental clash with Phil Jones in training last Saturday. His absence is likely to hand a starting opportunity to the in-form Daniel Sturridge, who has scored in each of Liverpool's Premier League games so far this season.

That is providing he can overcome a slight groin strain that he sustained in the Manchester United match on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, England have suffered somewhat of a crisis at right back. In Johnson and Jones' absence, Kyle Walker is likely to deputise and earn his seventh international cap. 

It could have been worse for England, with Jack Wilshere coming off at half time for Arsenal at the weekend. However, it was later revealed that he was suffering from stomach pains, so he should be fit to start on Friday. 

England manager Roy Hodgson told Sky Sports: "I don't think I need to caution the players or guard against complacency and I don't think I've seen any signs of that in the games we've played. 

"If I did think any complacency was creeping in I'd be very quick to move in and quash it."

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