The English press have ‘revealed’ their England team to face Russia on Saturday and Jamie Vardy looks set for a substitute’s role.
The Daily Mirror claim an ‘exclusive’ as they reveal Roy Hodgson’s XI to face Russia with skipper Wayne Rooney lodged in midfield alongside Deli Alli with Eric Dier holding. Harry Kane will lead the line, with Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling as the wide men.
It will leave Jamie Vardy kicking his heels on the bench, alongside Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Liverpool pair James Milner and Daniel Sturridge.
— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) June 9, 2016
The Times claim Hodgson is “leaning towards leaving out Vardy and Milner” for the opening group game in Marseille. They report that Hodgson will recall Lallana and Sterling to “provide support for Rooney and Kane”.
The report says Hodgson will finalise his side at training in Chantilly on Friday morning before the squad fly to Marseille on FRiday afternoon as the England gaffer ponders a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation.
The Daily Mail meanwhile suggests that “Vardy and Milner are the casualties of their stuttering display against Portugal”. They claim in another ‘exclusive’, written by three people, that Sterling is the favourite to come in for Vardy, while Wilshere or Lallana will replace Milner.
The Daily Express’ take on the England line-up is that Hodgson is poised “to wage an all-out attack on Russia” with Sterling set to start on Saturday night. They believe Hodgson is pondering whether he can play Lallana, Kane, Rooney, Sterling and Alli together in the Group B game.
“It remains to be seen what role Rooney will have” but they do say the defence is settled and there is a consensus that Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling will be England’s goalkeeper and back four.
The Daily Telegraph also report that Hodgson is ready to pick Sterling and Lallana “in the most attacking line-up of his reign”.
The Guardian suggest that Hodgson is considering playing Sterling against “an ageing Russia defence”. They do however claim that Vardy’s hopes of playing “have not been entirely dashed”, although they believe “he will more likely be on the bench”.