Roy Hodgson to rest his back four for friendly

Roy Hodgson is set to select his squad on Friday for the international friendly against Italy, but will leave out his entire back four from Euro 2012 The Telegraph claim.

The Three Lions were knocked out of the tournament in Ukraine and Poland by the Azzurri, and will face Cesare Prandelli’s men once more in Berne on August 15.

However, Hodgson has confessed that he will be shuffling his pack for the exhibition fixture.

“With regards to the Aug 15 friendly, you will definitely see some revolution there,’’ he has admitted.

John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson will all be omitted as the trainer looks to blood some fresh players.

A number of players are being touted for inclusion, with Frank Lampard and Kyle Walker set to be recalled after missing Euro 2012 through injury.

Youngsters such as Ryan Bertrand, Tom Cleverley and Daniel Sturridge are all expected to get a look-in also, as Hodgson looks to prepare for World Cup qualifying.

By Gareth McKnight