The Three Lions will be led out onto the Wembley turf on Friday evening by Frank Lampard, the Chelsea midfielder having reached 100 caps.
Lampard made his initial senior appearance in an England shirt back in 1999, and will be hoping to be in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil next year. His century was achieved during a qualifier against Ukraine, before he featured against Poland and Montenegro at Wembley.
Hodgson should name a rather experimental team for this, the first of two friendlies over the next week. A clash with Germany in the second friendly next Tuesday gives Hodgson the chance to bring on some fringe players and give them the chance to prove themselves in an England shirt.
A home win is offered by William Hill at 5/6, however a stomach bug at St George’s Park has disturbed preparations somewhat. Steven Gerrard is a potential fitness concern as is Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck.
Carrick may be missing due to an achilles problem, however another Man United player should be leading the line as Rooney has demonstrated of late that he’s in top form at the moment.
Bet365 offer 5/1 that Rooney scores the opening goal in this encounter, against a chile team who will also be featuring in next year’s World cup in Brazil.
Chile finished in third place in South American qualification, behind Argentina and colombia, and Sampaoli’s team tend to play very much in an expansive style which has seen 29 goals scored and 25 conceded during sixteen qualifying games played. Chile are 7/2 at Skybet to beat England.
A draw is a very reasonable 13/5 at BetVictor, which is a common outcome in friendlies. The visitors’ star player will probably be Alexis Sanchez, with the 24 year-old scoring 20 goals in 62 international matches. He can be backed at 21/2 to open the scoring, while team-mate Eduardo Vargas is similarly priced.
It is likely that there will be a few goals in this game, and a 2-2 result is across the market at 16/1. Chile should create plenty of chances but in reality England should be strong enough to give the home fans something to cheer about.
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