With England already securing their Euro 2016 spot, manager Roy Hodgson has decided to test the squad players for their last qualification game against Lithuania. The only thing at stake tonight is Three Lions’ 100% record so far in the qualifiers which will be under close watch.
Ahead of the kick-off, we bring you the official team news as England take on Lithuania in a game, which they are expected to win easily but can end up self-complicating the matters given the too much shuffling of the team and over-confidence setting in.
England starting XI vs Lithuania: Butland, Walker, Gibbs, Shelvey, Jones, Jagielka, Chamberlain, Barkley, Vardy, Kane, Lallana
Subs: Smalling, Heaton, Walcott, Clyne, Bertrand, Townsend, Ings, Sterling, Alli
Hodgson has looked to operate in a fluid 4-2-2-2 formation tonight with Ross Barkley once again used in a deep-lying playmaker, which to be honest was not the best ploy against Estonia. Barkley is a player, who loves to join in the attacks and is more effective playing in advanced role. Accompanying Barkley in midfield, will be Jonjo Shelvey, who was a revelation in England’s win over Switzerland few weeks back.
Moving ahead, Alex Chamberlin and Adam Lallana will be responsible to provide width as well as support to England’s front-men tonight Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. Both Kane and Vardy have impressed in recent months and are now vowing for the striker’s role in the England team alongside Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge.
Poster boy Raheem Sterling has been left on the bench following his Shisha controversy over the weekend. Manchester United defender Chris Smalling along with Liverpool duo Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne are also on the bench, while Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is left out of the squad. In his absence, Phil Jagielka leads England tonight hoping to make it 10 wins out of 10 in their Euro 2016 Qualification campaign.
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