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Lambert to be handed England start
5:10pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Rooney has alreeady withdrawn from the squad, while Sturridge has not recovered in time from a thigh injury that he picked up before Liverpool's game with Manchester United last weekend.
The forward, who hopes to be fit for Tuesday's trip to Ukraine, will miss tonight's game at Wembley, with Roy Hodgson confirming that Lambert will now be given the nod in attack.
"I have picked the team and Rickie Lambert will start, yes," Hodgson said . "He deserves a chance. I can't deny, had Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge had been available, it would have been harder for him to get a starting place but I am more than happy to have a player of his calibre to start this game."
The Saints hitman enjoyed a fairytale debut for England when he scored the winner in the 3-2 victory against Scotland last month.
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