Manchester United trio Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley to start England friendly in Sweden

By Dean Wilkins

A three-pronged attack of Manchester United trio Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley will be utilised by England against Sweden tonight.

The threesome will all start in Roy Hodgson’s team in Stockholm as the Three Lions take advantage of a friendly tie to test out new tactics.

The Reds trio would have been a quarter had Wayne Rooney not sustained a knock to his ankle during Saturday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa – but his replacement Wilfred Zaha is an exciting prospect for the former West Brom boss Hodgson.

Hodgson said: “He was obviously a transfer target for West Brom when I was there, so we followed him.

“I know the qualities he brings and with the gap in our squad it was a possibility to invite him into the squad.

“This will be his first main training session as we only had nine players yesterday as most of them had played on the Sunday.

“He looked good yesterday but he was not chosen on what he has done in one or two training sessions.”

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Joe Hart will be Manchester City’s only representative after Gareth Barry, along with United’s Michael Carrick, were forced out by a youth-heavy midfield.

James Milner and Joleon Lescott also miss out through injury but Hodgson remains confident that his men will get the job done against a tricky Swedish side.

“I think we have got a very interesting squad of players. We knew there were injuries but we have got more than enough players who are keen and anxious to play in this game.”

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