Paper review: Sterling, Lallana in, Vardy, Milner out

Date published: Friday 10th June 2016 7:58

Roy Hodgson is considering picking Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana in an attacking formation against Russia, according to reports.

The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Express¬†and Daily Mail all run with the scoop from England’s training sessions. Hodgson is looking to take advantage of Russia’s injuries by selecting an attacking formation with Eric Dier as the defensive midfielder.

The first headline team news is that Jamie Vardy will not start the game, after failing to impress from a wide position against Portugal. Instead, Vardy will be used as an impact substitute with Sterling and Lallana either side of central striker Harry Kane.

That leaves two positions in central midfield ahead of Dier. While the Telegraph say that Jack Wilshere is ‘sweating on his place’, the Mirror go one further by leaving him out of their expected team. That means Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney are both picked in midfield, which is as close to all-out attack as you could wish to see.

With Alan Dzagoev injured for Russia, Hodgson will be less concerned about the counter-attacking threat of the opposition. Dier is presumably relieved too, as he will be doing the job of two men.

In defence, it’s as expected with Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill in partnership and Kyle Walker picked ahead of Nathaniel Clyne at right-back. Joe Hart surprisingly starts in goal.

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