West Ham striker Carroll set for England start

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll is expected to start for England tonight against San Marino.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll is expected to start for England tonight against San Marino.

The Mirror says Roy Hodgson is ready to take a gamble on Carroll - because he is worried his England side will get a bad dose of yellow fever.

Hodgson, already without Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson through suspension for Friday's home banker against San Marino, is also considering resting Jermain Defoe, James Milner and Joleon Lescott, who are all one booking away from being banned for Tuesday's more difficult World Cup qualifier in Poland.

That could mean a chance up front for Carroll, even though he has managed just one start and a substitute appearance for West Ham since returning from a month out with a hamstring injury.

It may also mean a chance for Leighton Baines at left-back, which would spare Hodgson a decision on first-choice Ashley Cole - who has a chronic ankle condition - after his Twitter attack on FA bosses last week.

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