Hodgson set to start Kieran Gibbs.
England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs is set for a competitive international start on Saturday evening, report the Express, with Gibbs set to replace Everton star Leighton Baines after he withdrew from the squad with injury.
Baines picked up his injury in training too late to be replaced, probably by Manchester United star Luke Shaw, meaning that Gibbs is Hodgson’s only natural left back option as he sets his squad out for a game against Slovenia, who are currently England’s closest challengers in their qualification group for Euro 2016.
Gibbs has been one of few Arsenal players to consistently impress so far this season with his consistent displays at left back and his pace will be an asset to the Three Lions – although Baines’ overlapping ability and consistently excellent delivery from dead ball situations will be a significant loss for Hodgson and his side.
Hodgson confirmed that it will be Gibbs who steps into the side for Baines during his pre-match press briefing:
“It did mean obviously that he was out of the question for tomorrow and so Kieran Gibbs is the one who’s going to come in.”
Baines is not the only England player to be ruled out of the match with injury, with Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick also picking up a knock that is set to delay his return to the international fold – although fans will still expect the Three Lions to have enough to get past Slovenia.