Hodgson names Sterling, Osman, Caulker for England start

England coach Roy Hodgson has announced his starting XI for their clash with Sweden tonight.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, Everton midfielder Leon Osman and Tottenham defender Steven Caulker will all start for England in tonight's friendly against Sweden in Stockholm.

"Steven Caulker and Raheem have been playing regularly for the Under-21s and have made that transition," said Hodgson.

"Leon Osman is the odd one out. He has been performing regularly and well for Everton but has been passed over.

"I thought it was time to give him a chance because he has been one of the unsung heroes of a very good football club and a very good football team.

"He is a very energetic player. And the fact he is 31 surprises me because he plays like a much younger man.

"Let's hope that continues and I won't have to worry about his birth certificate."

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