Manchester United defender Chris Smalling comes in for the suspended Kyle Walker ahead of team-mate Phil Jones, while another Old Trafford regular Carrick gets the nod ahead of Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard, who started in Friday's 4-1 win over Montenegro.
Carrick will line-up alongside skipper Steven Gerrard in central midfield, with the rest of the starting XI keeping their places after doing the business on Friday night to ensure a win over the Poles will guarantee a trip to Brazil.
Hodgson has once again plumped for a bold selection up front, with an attacking trio of Andros Townsend, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck playing behind in-form Liverpool frontman Daniel Sturridge, who put the icing on the cake against Montenegro when slotting home a late penalty he had won.
England team to play Poland (4-2-3-1): Hart; Smalling, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Carrick, Gerrard (c); Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge.
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