England v Chile: Match Preview November 2013

England will have to do without Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick for their international friendlies against Chile and Germany.

The Manchester United duo were involved in helping the Three Lions reach the World Cup in Brazil next summer but will take no part in the games this month. Welbeck missed United’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League at the weekend due to an knee injury, whilst Carrick (who played against the Gunners) is continuing to struggle with an Achilles problem.

England boss Roy Hodgson has decided not to call any new players up as cover and will have 26 men to chose from for the encounters with Chile on Friday and Germany the following Tuesday. Carrick, who has won 31 caps for England, carried his injury into United’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday but managed to complete the game.

Welbeck, who has scored eight goals in 20 appearances for his country, has not played since 19 October.

England’s preparations for the two friendlies have been disrupted by the need to switch bases after a stomach bug alert at the site of the National Football Centre. The senior side met up in Watford on Tuesday, rather than their usual home in Staffordshire, as a precautionary measure.

A small number of visitors to St George’s Park in Staffordshire were affected over the weekend, said the Football Association in a statement.  No players have experienced any virus symptoms but the Under-21s are moving hotels as a precaution.

The senior side will meet up in Hertfordshire instead. They will report to the Grove Hotel near Watford on Tuesday before training at London Colney – Arsenal’s training ground – while the Under-21s are relocating to Milton Keynes.

“This is an elite athlete precaution for the two senior teams,” said the FA in a statement. “Normal operations continue for St George’s Park and hotel staff, customers and the public. “To reiterate, these proactive steps have been taken by the FA as a precautionary measure.”

No England players have experienced any virus symptoms.

The Three Lions are 20/1 to win the 2014 World Cup outright and 13/8 to keep a clean sheet against Chile on Friday.

Hodgson’s side can be backed at 15/2 to beat their South American opponents 2-1 at Wembley, with Andros Townsend available at 14/1 to open the scoring.

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