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Southampton duo looking to impress on England debut

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England manager Roy Hodgson looks set to mix it up when it comes to his team selection on Friday night when the home side welcome visitors Chile for the first of two international friendlies.

Hodgson's men host Germany four days later. 

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez looks set to make his debut after Danny Welbeck withdrew from the squad due to a knee injury which looks set to keep him out until the New Year.

His Saints team-mate Adam Lallana could also earn his first international cap after it was revealed that Welbeck's Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick has withdrawn from the squad due to an Achilles problem.

Lallana's chances of playing have been boosted as it was reported that captain Steven Gerrard also looks set to miss Friday night's game due to a minor injury but he and right back Kyle Walker should be fit to face the Germans on Tuesday evening.

Welbeck and Carrick are both key players for England and defender Phil Jones has paid tribute to the pair.  

"Michael has been in terrific form," said Jones. "He is a top player and will be missed for club and country.

"He is a great player, brings a lot to the side with his range of passing. So he will be sorely missed.

"Danny has done well on the international stage every time he has been picked for England. He is another great player and hopefully will be back fit soon."

Daniel Sturridge also missed training but his situation is being monitored.

However, this is a great chance for the Southampton duo to make an impression on Roy Hodgson as the 2014 World Cup draws ever closer.

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