Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge expected to start for England v Slovakia
Vardy and Sturridge itching to start for England on Monday night, with Wayne Rooney likely to be rested
June 20th, 2016
Roy Hodgson is looking for England to perform a professional job in Saint-Etienne on Monday night, with the manager set to make several changes for the final Group B game against Slovakia.
While Joe Hart, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling are expected to retain their places, the full-backs will be rotated, with Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand set to make their first appearances in the tournament.
Eric Dier is the only midfielder to continue in that role, with Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere expected to replace Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli.
Up front there are further changes, with Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge expected to replace Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Indeed, Sturridge and Vardy made a big impact off the bench against Wales and it’s clear that Hodgson is excited about the pair linking up again, with Slovakia needing to come forward in search of goals to get the right result.
Rooney and Alli are regarded as being in need of a rest ahead of a likely clash on Saturday against a third-placed team, although Hodgson has made it clear that there is no player certain to start any match.
“It wouldn’t be a problem if I wanted to keep the same side but there are players who would like to play and have been knocking on the door to play,” said the manager. “I have the option because everyone is anxious to show what they want to do. It’s a question of what we’d like to do, rather than what is necessary.”
PROBABLE ENGLAND TEAM TONIGHT
Hart; Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand; Dier, Henderson, Wilshere; Lallana, Vardy, Sturridge