England kick off their Euro 2016 campaign with a tricky fixture against Russia later tonight as millions of fans around the world wait in patience to see whether the pre-tournament hype was another hoax or this time, there is indeed something different with The Three Lions?
Roy Hodgson faces a selection dilemma tonight as the likes of Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner are set to be benched despite their fine displays last season.
England need to be mindful that they are up against the likes of Russia, Wales and Slovakia in Group B and any poor result could come back to haunt them when it comes to qualifying to the round of 16.
Ahead of kick off tonight, we take a look at five things to expect from England’s opening game at Euro 2016 against Russia.
It will not be easy for England
Russia have been known to be England’s nemesis in recent years after edging past the Three Lion to qualify for Euro 2008. England will need to be at their best or else, it will not be a good start for the men in white with millions expecting a win tonight
Kane to be on the score-sheet
Harry Kane has come in to the competition as Premier League’s golden boot winner. The striker netted 25 league goals last season and is expected to be one of the best strikers at Euros this summer. He thrives on any mistakes by the opposition, and one expects him to be on the score sheet tonight.
Hodgson bailed out by his substitutes
England have a lot of pace, craft and goals on their bench and Roy Hodgson will need to shuffle his pack wisely at Euro 2016 to carry the team through. Likes of Vardy, Sturridge and Rashford can come on and score the crucial goals for their team, which could be the case against Russia.
Russia to put the overage thing to bed
Coming in to this summer’s European Championships, a lot of people have ridiculed Russia’s aging squad and the lack of spark in their team. However, with age comes experience and ability to play in tougher situations. That is what we can expect from the Russians as they open their Euro 2016 campaign tonight against England.
Rooney to cement his place in midfield
Wayne Rooney recently admitted to have changed his playing style where he is no longer the leading striker for his club or country, rather he is the connecting link between team’s midfield and attack.
His intelligence and desire for the game sees him succeed in whatever role he plays in and I expect nothing different tonight when England take on Russia with Rooney leading his team out on the pitch.