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Hodgson to rest some England players for San Marino clash

England coach Roy Hodgson is likely to rest some players for Friday's World Cup Group H qualifier with San Marino. The Three Lions take on the joint lowest-ranked team at Wembley before travelling to Poland and Hodgson would only confirm that Wayne Rooney will start as captain.

"I haven't spoken to the players about the team," he said.

"I guess Wayne Rooney realises he's starting the game because he's sitting alongside me as captain of the team.

"But I haven't told any other players who'll be playing and who won't be. Although I've got a pretty good idea in my own mind what I'm going to do, I can't divulge that on television until I've spoken to the players.

"It might be a question of utilising the squad in a different way because we have a very important game in Poland on Tuesday.

"Knowing that whatever team I choose at Wembley is likely to be able to win that game, how many players do I spare and keep fitter and fresher for the game on Tuesday?

"That's been the decision to be made."

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