PICTURE: England team to face Norway announced - Jones, Wilshere and Sterling all start

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England face Norway on Wednesday in their first game since their World Cup exit - and Roy Hodgson has named his starting XI already.

England crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage this summer after 2-1 defeats to both Italy and Uruguay and a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica - piling the pressure on new manager Roy Hodgson in the process.

Hodgson has been somewhat forced to bring in the new generation of English talent after the retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, and having announced his line-up to face Norway at Wembley on Wednesday, it's clear that there's a youthful look to the side.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart retains his place between the sticks for England despite a shaky World Cup campaign and pressure from Ben Foster and Fraser Forster. John Stones is rewarded for his impressive club form with Everton, and is joined by team mate Leighton Baines as the duo form England's full backs. There's a new partnership in the heart of England's defence too, as Gary Cahill and Phil Jones look to provide protection for Hart.

In midfield, there's a heavy dose of pace out wide as Liverpool's Raheem Sterling starts on the left with Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right, whilst Jordan Henderson will be partnered by the much maligned Jack Wilshere in the centre of midfield - despite a poor start to the season for Arsenal.

It's a familiar pairing up front tough, as Wayne Rooney is joined by Daniel Sturridge - the two players to score for England at the World Cup. All 11 players will be looking to impress in a bid to secure their places in the team for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland, and much more will be expected of this crop of players after the disaster in Brazil this summer.

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