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Townsend in, Wilshere out: England line-up leaked

Townsend has been exceptional this season for Spurs
Townsend has been exceptional this season for Spurs.

Andros Townsend will be handed his first England start tonight as the Three Lions go up against Montenegro at Wembley, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper also claims Arsenal's Jack Wilshere will be relegated to the bench for the key Group H showdown.

Townsend has made an electric start to the season for Tottenham, and has been rewarded with a call up for a game England cannot afford to lose.

Wilshere meanwhile has found himself embroiled in controversy of late, initially being spotted smoking outside a London club before offering his forthright views on who should play for England.

Hodgson looks set to stick with the defensive unit that earned a draw against Ukraine last month with the exception of the injured Ashley Cole.

Leighton Baines steps into replace the Chelsea man, while Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill rekindle their central defensive partnership with Tottenham's Kyle Walker on the right.

England stalwarts Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard start in midfield, with Manchester United's Danny Welbeck asked to do a job on the left and Townsend on the right.

Up front, Wayne Rooney will support the in-form Daniel Sturridge. Manchester United's Tom Cleverley has been ruled out of both games with a calf injury.

England's hopes of making it to Brazil rest on them getting results against Montenegro tonight then Poland on Tuesday - something Hodgson is confident of achieving.

"It is a big responsibility when you take on the role of manager of an England team," he said.

"We are England. We are one of the big nations and we are expected to qualify for World Cups and European Championships.

"You know that when you take on the job and you know that if that doesn't happen there will be a lot of criticism. If you're wise you will realise there will be a lot of criticism during the time you are qualifying."

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