Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will wear the captain’s armband when England take on South American side Chile at the Wembley Stadium on Friday night.
England and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was yesterday confirmed to be out with an aggravated hip injury. Tomorrow’s stand-in captain will also be presented with a golden cap to commemorate his 100th senior international appearance, a feat he achieved during the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine last month.
England manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping to have Gerrard back for next week’s friendly against a much fancied Germany, after sanctioning the administering of a pain-killing injection to the midfielder to help alleviate the discomfort in his injured hip.
Tottenham Hotspurs right-back Kyle Walker missed England training on Wednesday and will also miss Friday’s match.
The Premier League’s current top-scorer and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge also missed training because of a foot problem and is a doubt for the Chile game, whilst Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck have already pulled out of the squad.
Injuries to key England players will however give Roy Hodgson a chance to hand debuts to Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, whose stellar performances have seen the Saints climb up to third on the Barclays Premier League table.
Meanwhile, Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has said that reported comments by Barcelona and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez have given the squad sufficient motivation to win Friday’s match.
Sanchez blasted England as softies due to their rich and pampered lifestyle, but Lambert believes it will only serve as a means to make them even hungrier for the win.
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