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Roy Hodgson names his England squad later today - with several positions still up for grabs. 

England face two crucial World Cup qualifiers next week at Wembley - with six points guaranteeing the squad a place at next year's finals in Brazil. 

A 4-0 win over Moldova and a battled 0-0 draw against a determined Ukraine side, mean England sit top of Group H with 16 points. 

England will be without Arsenal star Theo Walcott but have been boosted by the news that prolific scorer Wayne Rooney is fit to play

Several players have been pushing for a call-up since the start of the season and with Tottenham's Andros Townsend and Southampton striker Rickie Lampbert surprise inclusions last time, there could be room for another couple of shocks today in the 24-man squad. 

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has returned to first team action for his club this month and started in last night's 3-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. But with Spur's Kyle Walker having staked his claim for the converted right-back spot, it could be too soon for a return for the City full-back. 

No.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart has seen his form criticised recently, but with the options between the sticks short for England, he looks set to keep his place in the starting lineup. 

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has scored five Premier League goals already this season and will be recalled after missing out last time through injury.

Jermain Defoe, Danny Welbeck and Lambert have all been in scoring form as well and look set to retain their places despite the return of Rooney. 

Predicted England squad to face Montenegro and Poland at Wembley:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man.City), Fraser Forster (Celtic), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka (Both Everton, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill (Both Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Phil Jones, Chris Smalling (Both Man.Utd) 

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Everton), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Ashley Young, Michael Carrick (Both Man.Utd), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (Both Man.Utd), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Southampton)   

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