This is an international break of formalities for Roy Hodgson and his England squad. Already qualified for Euro 2016 thanks to a 100 percent Group E record, two fairly rudimentary outings are all that remain before speculation over the summer’s squad takes centre stage.
The manager, of course, has the luxury of planning for the tournament earlier than some of his peers and has taken the opportunity to experiment with a few new faces for the games against Estonia and Lithuania.
Dele Alli, Danny Ings and Tom Heaton are the only uncapped members of the squad, but Jack Butland, Ryan Bertrand, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy can all expect a fair chance to add to their handful of international appearances.
With injuries to the likes of Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Luke Shaw, Leighton Baines and Danny Welbeck, there is a real chance for some of the greener prospects in the country to push their case for inclusion in France.
With that in mind, here’s how Ladbrokes News imagines the Three Lions to line up, all metatarsals being well, when they take to the field for the first time next June:
Potentially, and we are keen to temper a surge in national optimism on the back of this statement, so must plot it carefully, Hodgson has a wealth, no, trove, no, embarrassment of riches at his disposal.
Considering that the multi-million-pound rated John Stones doesn’t make the backline, the actual multi-million-pound Raheem Sterling is overlooked in attack and multi-million-injuries Jack Wilshere is ousted from his anchoring role, this could be as strong and as deep a squad since the ill-fated Golden Generation.
Who would you pick for the Euro 2016 opener? You can let us know via the comments section at the bottom, but not before you put a wedge on England to win the tournament at 12/1 once you release that we have the best team in the continent.
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