England v Montenegro preview

Jack Wilshere looks set for a place on the bench for England in Friday's World Cup qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley (8pm).

Last Updated: 11/10/13 at 09:23

Jack Wilshere: Set to start on the bench

Jack Wilshere: Set to start on the bench

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Arsenal midfielder has been suffering from a cold this week and manager Roy Hodgson could opt for a central midfield of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as his side bids to consolidate their lead at the top of Group H ahead of the final qualifier against Poland next Tuesday.

Hodgson was coy on his first XI at Thursday's press conference, but all 23 players trained on Thursday, so Leighton Baines should win his 20th cap at left-back in place of the injured Ashley Cole, while Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill continue their partnership at centre-half.

Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge could all start, with Welbeck operating on the left and James Milner likely to come in on the right, although Andros Townsend will hope to make his debut from the bench.

Montenegro will be forced to name a weakened side with captain Mirko Vucinic, centre-back Marko Basa and midfielder Miodrag Pekovic all ruled out through injury.

Defender Miodrag Dzudovic is also doubtful for the visitors, who earned a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in March, but Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic is available to play up front despite recent fitness concerns because of a lack of playing time with his club.

Victory against Montenegro followed by a win over Poland on Tuesday would guarantee England's place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

There are no fixtures at present.

Footer 365

Brandao jailed over headbutt on Motta

Brazilian striker Brandao jailed and fined 20,000 euros (£15,850) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta.

Jack Wilshere has had ankle surgery and the Arsenal man will be out for around three months

Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere for around three months after the midfielder underwent ankle surgery.

International football: England up seven places in latest FIFA rankings

England have jumped seven places to 13th place in the latest FIFA rankings following a six-match winning run.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property