Euro 2016 qualifying

  • Venue: LFF Stadium, Vilnius
  • Date: Monday, 12 October
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, and live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

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Jack Butland will make his first competitive start for England in Monday’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania, as manager Roy Hodgson makes wholesale changes.

Hodgson said regular keeper Joe Hart, captain Wayne Rooney, centre-back Gary Cahill and midfielders Michael Carrick and James Milner will all be rested.

Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones and Jonjo Shelvey will also start in Vilnius.

“There isn’t much time for people to show what they can do,” Hodgson said.

“These are players who we think are going to be important, who we trust, and I believe we’ll still be good enough to win the game.

“I want to find out that these players are good enough to be in the squad.”

As to who will captain the side, Hodgson added: “I haven’t worked that one out yet. I’ll have to give it some thought.”


England have already qualified for Euro 2016 as Group E winners, and victory against Lithuania will see them become just the sixth nation to complete European Championship qualifying with a 100% record.

Hodgson’s side beat Estonia 2-0 on Friday in their final competitive fixture on home soil before next summer’s tournament in France.

Of the five to miss out on Monday’s match, only Manchester United’s Rooney and Carrick did not play at Wembley.

Hart, Cahill and Milner all played 90 minutes as goals from Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling secured a ninth consecutive qualifying win.

Stoke goalkeeper Butland, 22, has only featured for England once before, playing the first half of a 2-1 friendly win over Italy at Wembley in 2012.

Midfielder Shelvey has played for England three times, while defenders Jagielka and Jones have 37 and 17 caps respectively.

Hodgson has kind words for Barkley

Ross Barkley

Everton midfielder Barkley, 21, earned his 16th England cap in the 2-0 victory over Estonia

Ross Barkley, who assisted Walcott’s goal in an impressive performance against Estonia, will be available for the trip to Lithuania.

Hodsgon praised his versatility, adding that he expects the Everton midfielder to figure in different roles for England as he attempts to establish himself in the side.

“I’m quite proud of the fact Ross Barkley is still only 21 but has been with me in the national team for over two years, often when he’s not been in the Everton team,” Hodgson said.

“At Everton he plays as a deep-lying centre-forward or a number 10. He’s capable of doing that, but we think he’s got more strings to his bow. He should regard himself as a midfield player.

“If we decide not to play him as a number 10, because we have Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott in the team, it is important we don’t just dismiss him.

“We need to use him like we did against Estonia as one of three midfielders playing to the left of James Milner in the centre. He did that well. He’s perfectly comfortable with that. He doesn’t feel he’s limited to a position.

“The more experience he gets in both positions will suit him going forward.”