Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is in contention for a place in the squad. The Spain international sustained an adductor injury in their World Cup final victory but has made good progress in his rehabilitation and could feature at Anfield. Wantaway midfielder Javier Mascherano could also play as the club have not received any bids for the Argentina captain, who has impressed boss Roy Hodgson with his attitude in training. The match may be too early for Christian Poulsen, who only signed on Thursday.
Arsenal will assess the match fitness of World Cup finalists Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. Midfielders Abou Diaby, Alex Song (both calf) and Denilson (abdominal) face late checks, so England youngster Jack Wilshere could start. Summer signings Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscielny are in the squad but Johan Djourou (hamstring), Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Aaron Ramsey (broken leg) are all sidelined.