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Roy Hodgson will reveal his England squad later on Tuesday for their two World Cup qualifiers in September against Moldova and Ukraine.

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Wayne Rooney: Set to link up with the England squad again

Wayne Rooney: Set to link up with the England squad again

Hodgson was at Old Trafford on Monday night to watch the stalemate between Manchester United and Chelsea and will have been impressed with a lively Wayne Rooney display in his first start for his club since April.

The players of England, two points behind Montenegro in Group H with a game in hand, will meet on Monday at St George's Park in preparation for hosting Moldova on Friday September 6 before travelling to Ukraine four days later.

Rooney started in England's thrilling 3-2 win over Scotland two weeks ago, but could be pushed for a starting spot because of the current form of Daniel Sturridge.

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe could make way for the Liverpool striker who has scored eight times in his last seven Premier League games - including the winner against Stoke and a stunning strike against Aston Villa.

With Hodgson opting to announce his squad unusually early, prior not just to a round of Premier League fixtures, but also midweek Capital One Cup and European games, he is expected to name a larger than usual party.

There should be room for Southampton's Rickie Lambert, who marked his debut with the winner against Scotland at Wembley, but one player set to miss out is West Brom keeper Ben Foster, who sustained an ankle injury in Saturday's draw at Everton.

The Football Association is also uncomfortable that matches between Arsenal and Tottenham, plus Liverpool and Manchester United, are both taking place on Sunday.

Stoke's Jack Butland hopes to get the nod ahead of Celtic's Fraser Forster to be England's No .3 with John Ruddy No. 2, while Joe Hart is still expected to start, despite some shaky form for Manchester City in their opening two games in the Premier League.

One other headache for Hodgson is the transfer window and it has been reported that Rooney and Everton's Leighton Baines will be excused from the England squad for one night if they do move clubs on Monday.

With speculation continuing over a possible move by Rooney to Chelsea and Baines to Old Trafford, the FA has taken a policy decision to allow any player involved in a transfer on September 2 to join the squad after negotiations have been completed.

Also hopeful of a call-up to the senior squad are Ross Barkley of Everton and Andros Townsend of Tottenham. Hodgson watched both over the weekend.

Follow the announcement of the England squad live on Sky Sports News from 3.30pm.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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