ENGLAND COPE WITHOUT DANNY WELBECK
English men’s national team manager Roy Hodgson is set to put Harry Kane as the pointman in his team, with Adam Lallana too being rewarded with a starting role at the continental championship.
This is in light of the injury to Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck. Player of the Year, Jamie Vardy will have to settle for a place of the bench while he comes on as an impact substitute.
Hodgson made the choice as he was highly impressed by the key role Lallana played in the Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield revolution. The player is set to feature in the clash of The Three Lions against Australia and is also reported by Sportsmail to be one of the starters in England’s opening against Russia on June 11. According to the latest StanJames betting odds, England are 6/1 third favourites to lift the Championship trophy.
Adam Lallana will occupy one of the three attacking roles alongside Captain Wayne Rooney and Spurs talented player, Dele Alli. The three will play behind Harry Kane, as he is set to play as the pointman.
Jordan Henderson will also likely start for England, with Jack Wilshere and Eric Dier slugging it out for the pivotal deep-lying central midfield position. Dier played impressively when England took on Turkey. However, Hodgson has huge confidence in Wilshere despite the fitness doubts.
“The sharpness is coming,” Hodgson said.
“He certainly didn’t show any signs of having any particular physical problems against Turkey. It was still the Wilshere that I remember. What bothered me most about him was “was he going to be limping around? Was he going to be able to do the running and the movements I associate with him?”
“Because he is, of course, a different type of midfield player to the others.”
Hodgson is refusing to rule out Marcus Rashford even as all other strikers are ahead of him in pecking order. Danny Welbeck was also supposed to make the final cut but will have to sit this one out.