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In-form strikers Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are likely to be included in England boss Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.
Hodgson will name his 24-man party on Thursday afternoon for the crucial final Group H matches later this month and Rooney, who missed Manchester United's UEFA Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night after suffering a kick on his shin by Danny Welbeck in training, should be fit enough to feature.
Liverpool's Sturridge missed the last two qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine through injury but has been flying for Liverpool in recent weeks.
Rooney and Sturridge have scored 12 goals in 15 matches between them this season, and they are both almost sure to start against Montenegro if they come through their club games this weekend.
That will come as a relief to Hodgson with England one point ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro in the group so only two wins will guarantee Hodgson's men automatic entry to the finals in Brazil next summer.
Ukraine are expected to win their final two qualifiers against Poland at home and San Marino away, so in all likelihood if England collect four points, they will be destined for the play-offs.
If they fail to win against Montenegro a week on Friday, and Poland four days later, then their World Cup dreams will almost certainly be over.
Ordinarily, England would be expected to win at home against both nations, but their only qualification victories so far have come against one of the world's lowest-ranked teams in San Marino and against Moldova, who are sandwiched between Tanzania and Guyana at 129th in the rankings.
Montenegro gave England a real fright in March when they put on an impressive second-half display to earn a 1-1 draw.