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Barkley Start Confirmed

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Ross Barkley will make a first World Cup start on Tuesday as England conclude their involvement out in Brazil with the clash with Costa Rica.

With the Three Lions already heading for the exit, Roy Hodgson had said he will give as many of his players who haven’t already featured a run out in a revamped starting line-up.

And his confirmed line-up included Barkley, who looks set to operate in his regular attacking midfield position. He is one of nine changes from the Three Lions' defeat to Uruguay last week.

Leighton Baines misses out because of a hamstring injury, with Southampton's Luke Shaw starting at left-back.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game, Hodgson said: “I will be picking [the team] with a view to making certain that all the players, if possible, that have been with us here get some minutes on the field of play.

Phil Jagielka is replaced in defence by either Chris Smalling or Phil Jones, with the other set to operate at right back.

“It’s to give players a chance to go home from this World Cup – too early and bitterly disappointed – but able to say they weren’t here to make up the numbers, they actually took part," continued Hodgson.

“It will be a team which will give people that haven’t played that haven’t had much of a chance to show what they can do.”

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