Steven Gerrard starts tonight in England’s midfield as the national team take on Holland in probably the most pointless international friendly of recent years at Wembley Stadium.
Manager-less England, being lead tonight by Stuart Pearce, are beginning a new era without Fabio Capello and with John Terry dropped as England captain.
Scott Parker has been preferred for captaincy tonight, ahead of hotly tipped and experienced Gerrard.
Gerrard’s starting place tonight will cause concern for Liverpool after the Reds’ skipper played the full Carling Cup Final, extra-time, penalties and all on Sunday and with Liverpool facing Arsenal in the early lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
England team to face Holland (8pm kick-off): Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck.
Elsewhere, Craig Bellamy captains Wales tonight in the Gary Speed memorial match – a friendly against Costa Rica at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, and Jordan Henderson skippers the England Under-21s in a friendly against Belgium Under-21s at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.