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Milner ready for England WC

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Milner ready for World Cup Milner ready for World Cup James Milner will get a chance to press his claims for a place in England's World Cup starting line-up in an unfamiliar right-back role against Ecuador in Miami.



England manager Roy Hodgson has seen enough from the 28-year-old Manchester City player to try him out as a potential alternative to first-choice Glen Johnson.

Frank Lampard will captain an experimental England side which is set to include Wayne Rooney in a left-sided role.

Liverpool defender Johnson gave an uncertain display in the 3-0 friendly win against Peru on Friday and if Milner excels in the Sun Life Stadium it may give Hodgson food for thought ahead of the first World Cup game against Italy in Manaus on 14 June.

Hodgson said: "James will play right-back against Ecuador. He's got the qualities to play there. There may be moments in the World Cup where we'd like to use him there.

"This will give him some experience of that position. He's in the squad as a right or left-sided midfield player and that's where we see him mostly, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on at right-back."

Hodgson will make a host of changes from the team that beat Peru, but Wayne Rooney will start again to ensure he builds up his match fitness ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

However, after England's training session in Miami on Tuesday, the indications were that the United forward will start out wide, rather than up front or in the number 10 role.

Hodgson looks certain to try out Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in central defence as first-choices Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill are rested, with Southampton's Luke Shaw in at left-back.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere will get the chance to put his name in contention for a midfield place as he is expected to start alongside Lampard, who has announced he is leaving Chelsea after 13 years.

Everton's Ross Barkley, Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool's new signing Rickie Lambert are also in contention for a starting place.

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is also guaranteed action at some point.

Ben Foster will replace Joe Hart in goal as Hodgson attempts to ensure all of England's 23-man squad get game time before they head to South America.

Hodgson said: "Look at the team who played against Peru and those who didn't play, put some in the team and you won't be too far wrong.

"The thinking behind Wayne starting a second game is that he only played 60 minutes the other day. He didn't play too many games before he joined us. He is recovering his match fitness. It will be to his advantage to play a part against Ecuador."

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