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Absent quintet gives other players a chance - England's Hodgson

Roy Hodgson says recent absentees in the England squad will only give other players a chance to show their wares on the international stage.

Liverpool pair Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson, Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney and Arsenal young gun Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been made unavailable for the Three Lions recently and will not play in Friday's World Cup qualifier with Moldova.

However, Hodgson feels it could be a good chance for some other players to step up and help their country.

"We've not exactly been lucky have we? We've lost Daniel, and Wayne (Rooney), and our two potential right-backs in Glen Johnson and Phil Jones," said Hodgson.

"Before that it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, so we have lost five players that, a couple of weeks ago, I was really banking on.

"I know it's a cliche but it's a great opportunity for the ones who maybe would not have got a game had the others been available, and it's now up to them to do the job."

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Andrew Slevison
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