Arsenal and England have been dealt a blow with the news that top scorer Theo Walcott has returned from international duty with a groin injury that may leave him short to face Reading on 30th March.
The 24-year-old will miss England’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino (tonight) and Montenegro and could be sidelined for up to 10 days after picking up the injury in training on Thursday evening.
The news has a silver lining for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has been named in Hodgson’s lineup in Walcott’s place for tonight’s tie at the Serravalle Stadium.
Here is Roy Hodgson’s named starting XI:
1 Joe Hart, 2 Kyle Walker, 3 Leighton Baines, 4 Tom Cleverley, 5 Joleon Lescott, 6 Chris Smalling, 7 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 8 Frank Lampard (c), 9 Jermain Defoe, 10 Wayne Rooney, 11 Ashley Young.
Substitutes: 12 Scott Parker, 13 Ben Foster, 14 Ashley Cole, 15 Steven Taylor, 16 Steven Caulker, 17 James Milner, 18 Steven Gerrard, 19 Michael Carrick, 20 Leon Osman, 21 Daniel Welbeck, 22 Daniel Sturridge, 23 Fraser Forster.