EURO 16 TIPS: Five changes Hodgson must make ahead of England vs Slovakia

Alex McMahon
2016-06-19
The Three Lions could top the group

Drop Harry Kane

Kane has looked jaded throughout the opening two matches and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy may get the nod upfront. Both players did exceptionally well during the Premier League season but Vardy now has the edge over his compatriot. Kane has played 62 matches this season and the Tottenham man is running on empty. Hodgson NEEDS to look towards Vardy or Daniel Sturridge for this clash.

Sterling out, Sturridge in?

Hodgson has a dilemma; Raheem Sterling just hasn't been very good so far and England fans are calling for the Manchester City man to be benched for Monday's clash. Many believe that Sturridge is the right man to replace Sterling and that could mean a slightly different approach in attack. The Three Lions would most likely revert to a 4-3-3 formation with Vardy and Lallana either side of Sturridge down the middle.

Be more tactically aware

Ultimately, England's downfall this summer could be Hodgson himself. The England boss was bold against Wales but only when he was staring defeat square in the face. If the Three Lions are going to challenge for European glory this summer, Hodgson must be astute and he simply cannot be afraid to make big decisions. Whether that means bringing teenage sensation Marcus Rashford on or hauling a player off at half-time, Hodgson must improve or England will underperform again.

Give Jack Wilshere a go...

Many believe that Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is England's best midfielder, so why shouldn't Hodgson give him a chance to shine? Yes, he's had his fair share of injury issues but Wilshere would bring charisma, enthusiasm and freshness to the side for what is a huge contest. Win and England top the group. Anything less and a daunting clash may await in the last-16. Either way, Wilshere is experienced and he could be the man to lead England to a calm and collected victory on Monday night.

Play Dele Alli at 10 or don't play him at all

The Tottenham midfielder has been let down by Kane so far this tournament but he showed glimpses of quality during the second half against Wales. On his day, Alli is a supreme talent but he is still raw and can shy away from his defensive duties at times. After setting up Sturridge for his late winner on Thursday, Alli should start in the 'number 10' role tomorrow. If Hodgson doesn't want to play with a 10, Alli could and perhaps should find himself sat on the bench.