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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is in line for his first start at a World Cup finals.

Barkley, aged 20 has impressed for his country after coming off the bench in the two defeats in a poor World Cup campaign for the Three Lions, which saw them eliminated at the Group stages, after narrow 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay.

Hodgson is set to name a young, inexperienced squad for the final game of the group against Costa Rica on Tuesday, with Luke Shaw of Southampton set to replace Leighton Baines at left back.

Either Ben Foster or Fraser Forster are likely to start in goal.

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.

“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.

“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.

By Ben Reardon

@BenReardon1

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