Roy Hodgson will use tonight’s friendly with Denmark as a showdown between Ashley Cole and Luke Shaw for a World Cup spot, reports the Daily Mirror.
Hodgson is likely to start with 33-year-old Cole at Wembley tonight, and bring on 18-year-old Shaw for his England debut at some stage.
Hodgson has already stood down Everton full back Leighton Baines, in a move that suggests the England boss considers him his first choice for the summer’s tournament.
“All three of them want to play, but even with substitutions I can’t fit in three left backs. You might as well know now that I’ve spoken to Leighton and he won’t feature tomorrow, unless we get an incredible number of injuries,” Hodgson said.
“It’s the right moment in this game to look at one of or both Luke and Ashley Cole, as Leighton has been playing regularly for us. The two I need to look at in an England shirt are Ashley and Luke.”
Hodgson has insisted he wants to field a strong team, but is also expected to experiment.
Joe Hart and Ben Foster are likely to play a half each, while Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are also expected to feature following their impressive form for Liverpool.
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