England announce team to play Germany with Chelsea and Liverpool stars returning

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Hart, Cole, Gerrard and Sturridge all make it into the starting XI.

Captain Steven Gerrard returns after injury, as does the midfielder’s Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge, whilst there are recalls for Ashley Cole and Joe Hart.

Hodgson is still not sure of what the best starting XI is for the Three Lions and this could be a chance for players on the periphery of the squad – such as Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling – to prove they deserve a place on the plane to Brazil.

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