Jones and Smalling battling for right-back spot

Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are vying to replace the suspended Kyle Walker at right-back for England in this evening’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Jones, who has been capped eight times, is favourite to get the nod over his club teammate, as Roy Hodgson’s men look to get the three points they need to guarantee their place at next summer’s tournament in Brazil.

Forwards Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are both likely to keep their place in the starting XI, while Michael Carrick is set to again be on the bench at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha is looking increasingly likely to secure a loan move away from Old Trafford, as he struggles to force his way into David Moyes first team, the Metro understands.

The 20 year old, who became Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing as manager of the club in January, has made just one appearance since arriving in Manchester following his loan spell at former club Crystal Palace – the 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield.

He is yet to make his Premier League debut, and has only been named on the substitute’s bench on two occasions.

Newcastle United appear to be leading the chase for the England international, who will most probably move out on loan when the transfer window reopens.