The England manager Roy Hodgson is going to take a leaf out of Arsene Wenger’s book when his team line up at Wembley tonight against international minnows San Marino. Along with using Wenger’s formation, Hodgson will start with two of the Arsenal players who are used to it.
Theo Walcott looks set to start on the right with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left. Wayne Rooney, the England captain for the game, will be asked to play his more deep lying striker role that Santi Cazorla does so well for the Gunners.
The furthest forward striker, the Giroud role, will be filled with Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe or Andy Carroll. The idea is to have a more fluid and flexible attack, as Arsenal do, because Hodgson is expecting San Marino to go for all out defence. He has seen the way Arsenal mix it up and confuse defences and hopes he can get an early goal with this method to open the floodgates.
It will be a great opportunity for Walcott to offer further proof that he can be a striker by adding to his low total of four goals in 29 England appearances. The Ox will be happy to get some playing time and will want to impress to push for a starting place in the Arsenal team next weekend.