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Vardy set to lose out as Hodgson opts to recall Kane for Vardy

Mark Ogden

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

'Vardy, who scored in the 2-1 win against Wales after being used as a second-half substitute, will make way against Iceland'. Photo: PA
'Vardy, who scored in the 2-1 win against Wales after being used as a second-half substitute, will make way against Iceland'. Photo: PA

Harry Kane is set to reclaim his starting position for England's Euro 2016 clash against Iceland, with Roy Hodgson ready to drop Jamie Vardy for the second round tie in Nice on Monday.

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Kane, last season's 25-goal Premier League top scorer, was relegated to the substitutes' bench by Hodgson for the Group B encounter with Slovakia last Monday after failing to score against Russia and Wales in England's previous two group games.

However, despite the Tottenham forward's inability to break the deadlock in the 0-0 stalemate against Slovakia after entering the fray midway through the second half, Hodgson is keen to restore Kane's height and presence to England's front line against the well-organised defensive unit of Iceland, who qualified as runners-up in Group F with a dramatic stoppage-time victory against Austria.

Vardy, who scored in the 2-1 win against Wales after being used as a second-half substitute, will make way against Iceland, with Hodgson preparing to hand Daniel Sturridge a further opportunity up front.

Knock

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who has started all three of England's games so far in France, is set to retain his place, despite suffering a knock to his right ankle in training in Chantilly yesterday.

Lallana returned to the team hotel with an ice-pack on his ankle, but the injury is understood to be no troubling than a knock.

However, should Lallana's problem be exacerbated over the weekend, Hodgson will choose between Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson or James Milner to take his place.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has telephoned Raheem Sterling to tell him how important he is to his plans for Manchester City.

The 'Pep talk' from the new City manager came before England's final Euro 2016 group game against Slovakia last Monday when Sterling lost his place in the starting line-up after a frustrating performance in the first tie of the group against Russia and had then been substituted at half-time in the second match against Wales. (© Independent News Service)

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