Jack Wilshere Reportedly Set to Replace Frank Lampard for England vs. Poland

Christopher AtkinsContributor IOctober 15, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  Jack Wilshere of England on the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on October 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to return to the England starting lineup on Tuesday night in place of Chelsea's Frank Lampard, according to the Daily Star's David Woods.

Wilshere sat out the Three Lions' win over Montenegro on Friday evening, with Lampard partnering captain Steven Gerrard in the centre of the England midfield.

Lampard was replaced by Michael Carrick after 60 minutes of that encounter and, while the same switch is an option once more, Woods reports that it is Wilshere whom Hodgson will turn to on this occasion.

Boss Roy Hodgson will keep his men guessing until lunchtime before naming his starting XI for tonight's crunch clash with Poland.

But Lampard is expected to drop to the bench, while Phil Jones looks to be Hodgson's pick to replace the suspended Kyle Walker at right back.

England's midfield has been the topic of much debate in recent months, with Hodgson's side yet to consistently strike the right balance in the centre of the park.

At present, the best English midfielder of the past two Premier League seasons—Carrick—is sidelined, while the decision to revert to a Lampard and Gerrard combination against Montenegro says much of Wilshere's mediocre form.

Indeed, the Arsenal player has been capturing the headlines far more for his off-the-pitch antics than his performances on the field, including the latest incident on Monday when he was caught relieving himself at the side of England's training pitch by television cameras, according to David Kent of the Daily Mail.

With Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured, though, Hodgson's options are limited, and Woods reports that he will opt for Wilshere over Carrick to control the midfield, with the latter seen as too defensive.

Hodgson, of course, has come in for much criticism for his lack of adventure since taking the England job and, in turn, won much praise for his boldness on Friday in selecting Andros Townsend as an attacking option on the right flank.

With Hodgson, perhaps, worried of appearing too cautious, the suggestion is Carrick is the unlucky party, and Wilshere's more energetic style of midfield play is preferred.

If England are struggling to control the tempo of the game, however, it would be little surprise to see the Manchester United man introduced early in the second half once more to tidy up matters in the centre of midfield.