International Friendly: Chance for fringe players

International Friendly: Chance for fringe players
England's Jordan Henderson (L) and Ross Barkley (C) attend a soccer training session at London Colney, north of London.

England's place at the 2014 World Cup has been booked, but places in the squad are still very much up for grabs.

While Roy Hodgson will already know his favoured team, tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) friendly against Chile is a real opportunity for the fringe players to prove themselves.

With Steven Gerrard and Joe Hart likely to be saved for the clash with Germany on Tuesday, there are gaps that need to be filled.

There tends to be two kinds of England managers: those who prefer to pick the players who are in form and those who prefer to pick the players with reputations.

Hodgson has always seemed to fall in the latter category.

He changed a winning team to return Wayne Rooney to the side in Eastern Europe in 2012 and insisted on using him this summer despite his problems at Manchester United.

However, there are now a number of reasons for him to change his tact, at least for this match.

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