Pick your England starting XI

Pick your England starting XI

England coach Roy Hodgson has named an initial 26-man squad for Euro 2016 – but who should start against Russia on 11 June?

Would you play captain Wayne Rooney in attack or midfield? Or would you not start with him at all?

Is there room for Jamie Vardy? And what about Harry Kane?

And then there is the question of formation – does Hodgson go with a lone striker or should he try to fit two up top?

Use our new squad selector to pick your England team, selecting from the whole squad and slotting them into the formation of your choice.

And after you’ve done that, you can share them with your friends or post them on your social media accounts.

It couldn’t be easier – and you never know, Roy might just be reading.

Who do you think should start at Euro 2016? Step into Roy Hodgson’s shoes and pick your XI – and then share it with your friends using our brand new team selector.


Chief football writer Phil McNulty

England’s central defence will be their biggest problem at Euro 2016 having had failings against quality opposition exposed in recent years.

And yet Hodgson has decided to sacrifice one central defender to add to his resources further forward. Everton’s Phil Jagielka is left out while Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, Gary Gahill of Chelsea and Everton’s John Stones are selected.

Hodgson has covered himself with Tottenham’s Eric Dier. He is likely to start as a holding midfield player but is also the central defensive cover. A gamble.

In attack, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has the chance to be the squad’s “bolter” – but he will have to produce something special in the pre-Euro 2016 friendlies to unseat any of the established names.

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