Hodgson keeps the faith

The Bolton News: Steven Gerrard, right, and Ashley Cole, left, will collect their 99th caps for England against Poland Steven Gerrard, right, and Ashley Cole, left, will collect their 99th caps for England against Poland

England head coach Roy Hodgson kept faith with the side originally selected for the World Cup qualifier with Poland for this afternoon's re-arranged game in Warsaw.

Hodgson handed 99th caps to skipper Steven Gerrard and defender Ashley Cole who returned after being suspended and rested respectively for the 5-0 home win over San Marino.

Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Jermain Defoe were also back in the starting line-up as Hodgson made a total of six changes.

Defenders Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill and Leighton Baines, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, striker Danny Welbeck plus the injured Theo Walcott made way.

The game was called off last night because of a waterlogged pitch but the retractable roof in the National Stadium was shut today for the re-arranged encounter.

Poland were also unchanged from the side initially selected by coach Waldemar Fornalik.

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