Paul Scholes believes that Jamie Vardy should be left on England’s bench, with Wayne Rooney the man to partner Harry Kane.
Vardy has scored three goals in his seven England caps, and impressed against Turkey after moving into a central position. He won a penalty and scored the winner.
However, Scholes believes that it would be a mistake for Rooney to be dropped back into midfield, and insists that England’s captain should still make Hodgson’s starting line-up.
Vardy, Scholes thinks, should be used as an impact substitute rather than in a starting role. We don’t completely disagree.
“I’d probably still start with Wayne in a number 10 or a number nine role up front with Kane,” Scholes said.
“I’d maybe keep Vardy as sub for the last 20 minutes and see how it goes.
“If it doesn’t start great then there are options. It’s the best thing about this squad – so many options.”
There really are great options – Daniel Sturridge doesn’t even merit mention here.