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The Liverpool striker makes his first starting appearance for the Three Lions, spearheading an attack-minded line-up which also boasts Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge start for England in tonight's friendly with Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

Sturridge makes his first Three Lions start after a blistering end to the season with Liverpool, spearheading a formidable-looking attack which also boasts Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney.

Michael Carrick partners Frank Lampard in midfield, while Ashley Cole captains the side from left-back.

Giovanni Trapattoni has gone with a conventional 4-4-2 formation, with Jonathan Walters and Aidan McGeady patrolling the flanks and Shane Long partnering captain Robbie Keane up front.

England: Hart; Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Cole; Carrick, Lampard; Walcott, Rooney, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sturridge.

Subs: Baines, Foster, Lescott, Jones, Milner, Rodwell, Defoe, Welbeck, McCarthy.

Republic of Ireland: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, St Ledger, Kelly; Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, McGeady; Keane, Long.

Subs: Westwood, Randolph, Delaney, R. Keogh, O'Dea, McShane, Quinn, Hendrick, McClean, Brady, Meyler, A. Keogh, Sammon, Cox, Hoolahan.

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