Predicting the England Starting 11 for Euro 2016 – Rooney to Start
England travel to France this summer for Euro 2016 and find themselves paired with Wales, Slovakia and Russia.
It’s the latter who provide the first test for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions on June 11th at Stade Veledrome in Marseille. It’s a tough test for England and they’ll be looking for more success than the disaster of the 2014 World Cup.
After the jubilation and hope that the friendly win over Germany provided, it was back to drawing board as defensive errors played their part in the subsequent defeat to the Netherlands. So what is Roy Hodgson’s predicted starting line-up for Euro 2016 if all the players are fit? Roy Hodgson is usually a fairly easy man to predict, but he is spoilt for choice this year (injuries permitting) and there could be a few surprises.
There is plenty of football to be played before Hodgson names his 23-man squad on 12th May and with three friendlies standing in the way, there are plenty of opportunities for players to make their mark.
Predicted England Team for Euro 2016
GK – Joe Hart
Although Fraser Forster is making an excellent case for the number 1 position, I think Joe Hart will get the nod. Jack Butland would probably have been a realistic rival to the Manchester City stopper, but Hodgson often likes to play it safe and although it hasn’t been his strongest season, Hart is a safe pair of hands for England and has experience of the major tournaments.
The Spurs left-back looks likely to get the nod here. He has played plenty of football this season as part of a defence that has kept plenty of clean sheets. At the time of writing, Rose’s team are still within a shout of the Premier League title and he looks a decent option and is likely to edge out Ryan Bertrand for the position. Although slightly younger than Bertrand, he has been playing regularly at the top level for longer and that may give him the edge. He likes to maraud forward and although occasionally his defending is questioned, he should be to Roy’s likening.
Another player who there are question marks over as he has been in and out of the Chelsea team this season. He is a regular for England though and although he looks like he has a costly error in him, he might be the calm head that they need in this tournament. There don’t seem to be a huge amount of options at the back and with Chris Smalling and John Stones the only other real options, Cahill is likely to get the place.
I think Stones will get the nod over Chris Smalling. Stones is more of an attacking threat and has plenty of composure on the ball. With Eric Dier likely to be sitting in front of the back four, England will prefer to play it out from the back as oppose to opt for the long ball. England used to be accused of being a little predictable with the long or diagonal balls looking for the strikers, with Stones in the side, a little more football is likely to be played.
There’s not a huge amount of contest for England’s right back position at Euro 2016 and Clyne looks to be a likely starter. Kyle Walker is the other option, but I think Clyne will just edge it. Of course, by this time, Kyle Walker might be a title winner, but he occasionally has a defensive lapse and I think he might be more of a risk than Clyne.
Nathanial Clyne should start for England at Euro 2016
Another member of Spur’s squad to be given the nod. Dier is a relative newcomer to the England side, but has impressed whenever he’s pulled on the shirt. He has composure beyond his years and is a calm head. He also provided a shield for the back four, which gives them a little more assurance. He will be particularly handy later in the tournament when England face an onslaught from the top teams, but I think he will get given the thumbs up for the group stages too.
Spurs will have plenty of representatives in this side, but Alli has to be one of the first names on the team sheet. He provides the spark that England have often been lacking. The ability to do something different and unexpected and light up a match with a moment of magic. The former MK Dons man has been a revelation this season and has a goal or two in him. Hodgson would be mad to ignore Deli Alli and I think there would be a backlash towards the boss if he left him on the bench at Euro 2016. The fans want to see him in the side as he is an exciting mercurial talent.
Watch Dele Alli's wondergoal for England vs France.
I don’t agree with it, but I think Hodgson will start with Wilshire if he’s fit. He hasn’t played enough football this season, but he has more experience than Ross Barkley or Danny Drinkwater and if he’s fit, I think he will get the nod. Had he been fit, Jordan Henderson would have been a banker to start, but unfortunately for the Liverpool man, he doesn’t look likely to make it. Wilshire is likely to be given the nod as Hodgson isn’t one of life’s risk-takers.
Again – agree or not, I think Hodgson will give Sterling the nod on the wing. There won’t be a great deal of width without him and although he’s failed to live up to his huge price tag, I still think he will get a game. With Sterling having experienced at this level, he is likely to get a start in this first match. Of course, there’s every chance he could put in an anonymous performance and be hooked for the match with Wales, but I think he will give Russia something to think about.
What else can you say about Harry Kane that hasn’t already been written? He is a goalscorer and scores from all over the pitch. If he is fit, he is a definite starter and will link up with whoever is alongside him. He will even play the lone frontman is required. He also has an existing relationship with teammates Deli Alli and Eric Dier which will help matters.
Again, fitness depending, but if Rooney makes the squad and is ready to start, there is no way Hodgson will leave him on the bench. Vardy has been the man in form, but Hodgson likes picking the usual suspects and whether you think he is largely anonymous in major tournaments, there’s no doubt his vast experience will appeal to Hodgson.
Wayne Rooney's starting place at Euro 2016 is in doubt.
There’s a long way to go and a lot of football to be played, but I think Hodgson will opt for the above starting 11 for England at Euro 2016 if he had a full squad to choose from. This starting 11 could play in a 4-4-2 with a diamond formation or Raheem Sterling could be pushed on to play as a three, meaning Wayne Rooney will have to play from the right of left and Harry Kane through the middle.
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