Lampard in, Rooney out as England make nine changes for Costa Rica clash

Roy Hodgson has confirmed his team for the Three Lions' final group game against Costa Rica, with a number of fringe players set to be given a chance in Belo Horizonte
Roy Hodgson has confirmed he will make nine changes to his team for England's final World Cup clash against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

With the Three Lions eliminated from the competition, Hodgson has elected to give fringe players a chance, with Ben Foster set to start in goal, behind a back four of Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw.

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Frank Lampard will captain the side, while James Milner, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana will make up the midfield, with Daniel Sturridge set to start up front.

As a result, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard will begin the game on the bench alongside Joe Hart and Danny Welbeck.

Hodgson explained his selection at a press conference, telling reporters: "This is a chance for us to show that we can compete with this team and it is a great opportunity for a lot of the players.

"Barkley and Wilshere both have a chance to really show they are good players, playing together with a lot of other young players

"I've learned how painful it is to build hopes and see a lot of preparation come to no avail. It's unforgiving at this level. It's been a tough few days and difficult to pick yourselves up, but we'll learn a lot about the players tomorrow."

Hodgson also confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play no part in the game, having failed to recover from a knee injury.

England: Foster; Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw; Milner, Lampard, Wilshere, Barkley, Lallana; Sturridge