All three players were cautioned in the 1-1 draw against Ukraine last month and, with San Marino likely to pose only the feeblest of threats, Hodgson does not want to take any unnecessary chances ahead of the far more difficult qualifier on Tuesday.
Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard are suspended from Friday's match while Hodgson is giving serious consideration to resting Ashley Cole.
Kieran Gibbs is another left-back who has been forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury but Leighton Baines is pushing to take Cole’s starting place tonight. The decision will be made solely by Hodgson and not influenced by Cole’s now infamous Twitter rant. Hodgson’s main concern relates to the potential benefit of resting the 31-year-old Cole, who has suffered ankle problems, ahead of the Poland match.
Asked if the fixture in Warsaw would influence his selection, Hodgson said: “It’s a decision to bear in mind, not only in terms of keeping players fresh but also the yellow cards after Ukraine games when they were like confetti.
“I’d be a bit disappointed if some minor incident cost me a player against Poland. But, on the other hand, there are 90,000 coming to watch the game, we want to put a good team out, we want to play well. It’s something I’ve got to give a lot of thought to.”
Hodgson is expecting San Marino to defend deeply in numbers and has warned that it still “won’t be easy” to break down a team ranked 207th in the world. He also rejected the suggestion from Patrick Vieira that young English players are not dreaming of playing international football.
“It has never occurred to me that English players aren’t keen to play for their country,” he said.