Michael Carrick to be handed England start - reports

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Manchester United star Michael Carrick is expected to start ahead of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard for England tonight in their must-win qualifier against Poland, reports the Daily Mail. 

Lampard started in Friday's 4-1 win over Montenegro, but it looks like manager Roy Hodgson will add extra defensive prowess to England's midfield tonight. 

Earlier today it was also suggested that Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere was chosen as the man to replace Lampard after finally getting over his injury troubles. 

England will qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil next summer if they beat Poland at Wembley tonight, and face the prospect of a tough play-off round if they don't. 

Andros Townsend is expected to keep his place in The Three Lions starting line-up tonight, after a goalscoring man of the match display on his full international debut four days ago. 

Hodgson must also decide who will be the man to replace the suspended Kyle Walker at right-back, with Manchester United teammates Phil Jones and Chris Smalling battling for the role. 

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