Lambert out of Chile clash
By Football News
Rickie Lambert is out of England’s friendly against Chile on Friday night and fellow striker Daniel Sturridge is rated as doubtful.
Southampton striker Lambert has a muscle injury that could also keep him out of Tuesday night’s clash with Germany at Wembley, England coach Roy Hodgson has confirmed.
Liverpool frontman Sturridge will miss out against Chile due to a foot problem, but he could feature against Joachim Low’s side next week.
Hodgson also revealed that Frank Lampard will captain the side against the South Americans on the occasion of winning his 100th cap as skipper Steven Gerrard is out through injury, along with full-back Kyle Walker.
"We've lost Rickie Lambert to a muscle problem, it will keep him out of the game on Friday and possibly out of the Germany game," said the manager.
"Gerrard and Walker will miss game against Chile but will hopefully be ready for Germany. I need to speak to medics about Sturridge."
Hodgson also said that out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will not start against Chile, so either Celtic keeper Fraser Forster or Norwich's John Ruddy will get their chance to stake a claim for the number one spot ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.
Southampton duo Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana will make their debuts against the South Americans, but Hodgson refused to say whether they feature from the start.