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Hodgson convinced Lampard, Liverpool's Gerrard can play together

England coach Roy Hodgson feels Chelsea ace Frank Lampard can play in the same midfield as Liverpool's Steven Gerrard.

Lampard has been given the No 8 shirt in England boss Hodgson's 23-man squad, which was officially named yesterday.

And the first XI - the suspended Wayne Rooney apart - looks very much like the team that could play the opening Group D game against France in Donetsk on June 11.

Many England managers over the last decade have failed to get the best out of the Gerrard-Lampard combination.

And it was thought the pair would never start a game together again.

But with Gerrard - 32 today - having been named captain and therefore a certain starter, rejuvenated Lampard is fighting for the other spot in the centre if Hodgson goes with his favoured 4-4-2.

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