Has getting an England cap become easier?

Dele Alli looks set to earn his full England debut against Lithuania on Monday night but his inclusion has raised the question of "easy" England caps.

England coach Roy Hodgson is poised to field a fairly experimental side for their final Euro 2016 Group E qualifier in Lithuania, but has rejected suggestions that it is easy to earn a cap for the national team these days.

The team know a victory in Vilnius will see them become the first England side to qualify for a major tournament with a 100 percent record, while they will be only the sixth team to win every qualifier in the run up to a European Championship.

However Hodgson has taken the step of allowing his more senior players, such as goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Gary Cahill and midfielder James Milner, to return to their respective clubs following Friday's 2-0 win over Estonia at Wembley.

Skipper Wayne Rooney and midfielders Michael Carrick, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere and Fabian Delph are all missing because of injury.

It will give Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland an opportunity to shine in goal, while Hodgson will pitch in Jonjo Shelvey and Phil Jones.

The likes of Jamie Vardy and Danny Ings will also hope to get a run-out in attack, while the latest call-up, 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is in line to make his full England debut.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who won 38 caps in his playing days, pointed to the inclusion of Alli when claiming, "it's never been easier to win an England call-up".

The youngster was plying his trade on loan at MK Dons in League One last season, while he only made his Under-21s debut last month.

Carragher pointed to the influx of foreign players as his explanation for the smattering of call-ups to the squad of late.

However it has been a tough job for Hodgson since he took over the England reins given that the team is going through a spell of transition.

The likes of Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have all retired from international football, while the squad itself has also been ravaged by injuries to several key players.

Therefore Hodgson has, to an extent, been forced to blood some younger up-and-coming players as opposed to just handing out caps willy-nilly.

England's dominance in their qualification campaign has also afforded him the chance to take a look at some players who might not have had a call-up had they needed to pick up victories up until Monday night's final game in Lithuania.

Using Alli as an example, Hodgson claims he has told the player that he does not view him as a senior player at the moment and the likelihood is that he will be back with the Under-21s for the November internationals when the seniors face high-profile friendlies against Spain and France respectively.

Those games and another friendly in Germany next March will no doubt see Hodgson stick to his tried and tested players as much as possible and only those newer faces who can produce some exceptional performances between now and next summer are likely to be in with a shout of travelling to France.

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