Euro 2016 team-by-team guide: Everything you need to know about England
Kevin Palmer gives us the lowdown on the England.
Group B Fixtures
- June 11th: Russia in Marseille
- June 16th: Wales in Lens
- June 20th: Slovakia in Saint-Etienne
COACH: Roy Hodgson
Hodgson was fortunate to hang on to his post after failing to guide England through the group stages at the 2014 World Cup finals, yet he is heading into Euro 2016 with real optimism that his side could make an impact after some new faces burst into his squad in recent months.
The Tottenham duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli and Leicester, Jamie Vardy now look to be live contenders to start for England in France and Hodgson needs to find the best balance in a squad that suddenly appears to be loaded with bright young talent.
STAR MAN: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
This goal machine has muscled his way into the England forward line over the last 18 months and most expect the Spurs striker to get his chance to lead the line at Euro 2016.
Strong, intelligent in his movement and a deadly finisher, Kane has confirmed that he can take his sparkling Premier League form on to the international stage and if he confirms his qualities this summer, imagine how much he will be worth if his club are tempted to cash in on their prized asset
LOOK OUT FOR: Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Still only 20 and yet this midfield maestro appears to have all the ability to emerge as a major star at Euro 2016.
The Young Player of the Year in the Premier League this season, Alli has been a sensation since his £5m move from MK Dons to Tottenham last summer and the debate over whether he will be include din the England squad for Euro 2016 has long since ended. Now the only question is whether he starts in France.
WILD CARD: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
The England skipper does not appear to be assured of a starting spot in the national team’s line-up as a central striker, but Hodgson has hinted that he will find a way to accommodate the veteran who is his national team’s record goal scorer.
That is likely to be in in a more reserve midfield role and while Rooney has expressed is dislike for that position in the past, he must now appreciate that he needs to adapt his game at the latter stages of his career.
VERDICT: We have all chuckled at the English media’s eagerness to hype up their team as world-beaters ahead of major tournaments down the years and yet just for once, they appear to have a set of players clicking into gear at the right time.
England’s performance in their 3-2 away win against world champions Germany in March was full of dynamic invention and if they can repeat that at Euro 2016, there is no reason why they cannot make the latter stages. Anything less than a semi-final appearance will be viewed as failure among the always ambitious England followers.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Betrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)