England changes unlikely - Hodgson

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Though San Marino at Wembley is likely to represent the Three Lions' easiest game of Euro 2016 qualifying, the manager is ready to pick the same players who beat Switzerland away

England manager Roy Hodgson intends to select much the same XI to face San Marino as started in September's 2-0 win over Switzerland.

The Three Lions made an impressive start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Basel, with Danny Welbeck scoring both goals, but, despite the expectations of an easy win at Wembley on Thursday, the 67-year-old is looking to build continuity.

"I'm not planning on wholesale changes; I'm keen to keep the momentum going," Hodgson told the press. "The players who played did a good job and they deserve a further confidence.

"Other players are knocking on the door and I've got to weigh the two things very carefully ... keeping the team together but maybe also using at least one of these two games as a chance to see someone else playing.

"The players look very sharp, very focused. We haven't trained for long periods of time but what we've done has been really good. When I do announce the team [on Thursday] there will be a lot of disappointed faces because everyone has been working hard."

That suggests that there will be another start for Fabian Delph, who trained on Wednesday after sitting out the previous day's session, while Welbeck earned praise from the manager after his impressive performances since making the switch from Manchester United to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

"I'm pleased for [Welbeck], of course," said Hodgson. "He's been in my plans throughout the two years [that I've been in charge]. He's always someone that I follow very closely.

"There has been periods where it's not always been easy because he's not had an enormous amount of game time. It's great now that he's made his move and he's one of the first names on the teamsheet."

England captain and Welbeck's former United team-mate, Wayne Rooney, added: "Daniel's a fantastic footballer. I think sometimes he doesn't get the credit he deserves for his ability.

"He's quick, he's athletic and he can score different types of goals. As a footballer he's very intelligent and you'll see that more and more the more he plays.

"He'll prove what a good footballer he is. You've seen in the Switzerland game what a good player he is."

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