The countdown to Euro 2016 is on and England fans will be asking themselves whether the current team has what it takes to end 50 years of hurt on the international stage. Various pundits have expressed their doubts. The Three Lions are seen as outsiders by the bookies, and a host of ex-players, including Alan Shearer, are among those questioning their championship capabilities. Despite their lack of success in recent decades, the nation’s expectations are growing as the competition approaches; making Roy Hodgson’s role as England boss the toughest job in football. Only the brave would dare tackle this job!
Everyone has their own opinion which players Hodgson should select for Euro 2016. But can YOU match the choices of the England manager himself? Use our selection tool to choose your starting eleven for the Group B opener with Russia on Saturday 11th June. Then show your mates how YOU would handle football’s toughest job by sharing your chosen team – and challenging them to do better! And if you do pick the same eleven that start against Russia? You’ll bag yourself a signed England national team shirt!
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The England boss, Roy Hodgson, has shown his willingness to give chances to promising newcomers, having taken unproven Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With Dele Alli and Danny Drinkwater among the exciting prospects to make their international bow this season, Hodgson’s faith in younger talent could well bear fruit in France. But are the flourishing skills and fledgling enthusiasm of England’s latest crop enough to prevail this summer? If so, which established names should make way for these rising stars?
How do YOU handle Hodgson’s selection dilemma? Will England captain Wayne Rooney be fighting fit and able to add to his record as the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer? Can Rooney’s big match experience help guide the youthful Lion cubs to victory? Or should Hodgson keep the Manchester United striker on the bench, and opt for the in-form alternatives like Leicester City’s prolific Jamie Vardy or Tottenham Hotspur’s hitman Harry Kane? It’s a difficult choice between form and experience, so how would you make the call?
After their recent win over the German World champions was inspired by fresh faces, England’s young guns have been firing on all cylinders; yet a problem remains in the team’s problematic defence. Can recent debutant Danny Rose slot in and provide the solution needed? Or could Everton’s John Stones be the one to plug the hole? A return for ex-skipper John Terry has also been touted of late. Would you opt for a veteran, or is it time for the next generation to shine? You’re the boss!
Can the Three Lions roar to glory?
In the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Hodgson’s blend of youth and experience fell dramatically short. After defeats against Italy and Uruguay, England crashed to a disappointing exit, signalling the final hurrah for midfield mainstays Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Across the next two years, new hopes like Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Nathan Clyne have staked their claim for an England starting berth, adding to the choices at Hodgson’s disposal this summer. Meanwhile, despite the loss of the injured Jack Butland, the Three Lions possess a number of goalkeeping options, from Manchester City’s #1, Joe Hart, to steadfast Southampton stopper Fraser Forster. Who would YOU choose to guard the England goal? And, crucially, who will Roy choose?
Whichever eleven are chosen to face Russia at Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome, the destiny of the Henri Delaunay Trophy will not be decided in the tournament’s opening round. However, victory over the Russians would provide Hodgson’s England with the perfect platform from which to launch their Euro 2016 campaign. Defeat meanwhile could hand England a tough task, with a potentially pivotal match with Chris Coleman’s Wales set to follow five days later. As a result, it is vital the England manager makes the right calls from the onset – a challenge that only the best armchair coaches will be able to match.
With a host of Premier League stars to choose from, the current England squad might have the talent to surpass the Three Lions’ achievements of 1996, and reach their first ever European Championship final. But which of the players hold the key to this success? Should England start with Milner in the middle? What about Walcott and Welbeck on the wings? Is it time to cut Cahill, shelve Shelvey and leave out Lallana? Take on the toughest job in football with our team selection tool – and win with England at Euro 2016!