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TEAM NEWS: Oxlade-Chamberlain and Welbeck both start for England in France clash

TEAM NEWS: Oxlade-Chamberlain and Welbeck both start for England in France clash

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Three Lions name youthful forward line as the young Arsenal attacker starts his first competitive match for Roy Hodgson's side

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck have both been picked to start for England by Roy Hodgson against France in the opening game of Group D at Euro 2012.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, only made his first start for England in the recent friendly match against Belgium but he has been given the nod ahead of Liverpool’s Stewart Downing who endured a poor season domestically.

Manchester United striker Welbeck will lead the line for the Three Lions, with his winning strike against Belgium seemingly gaining him the advantage over Andy Caroll, while Ashley Young continues behind the lone striker in the absence of Wayne Rooney.

In defence John Terry partners Premier League winner Joleon Lescott, with Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole in the full-back positions, while the only player not available to Hodgson is Martin Kelly, who misses out due to a virus.

France have decided not to risk central midfielder Yann M’Vila with the Rennes enforcer struggling to overcome an ankle injury picked up in their friendly against Serbia, therefore Alou Diarra comes in for him.

Alongside Diarra is Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye and Chelsea’s Florent Malouda, while the Premier League influence is also notable in attack and defence with Samir Nasri and Patrice Evra both starting for Laurent Blanc’s men.

France (4-3-2-1): Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Mexès, Evra; Cabaye, Diarra, Malouda; Nasri, Benzema, Ribery

England (4-4-1-1): Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Parker, Gerrard, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Young; Welbeck