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Raheem Sterling should still make the England squad for Euro 2016 despite a difficult first season at Manchester City.

Here's who our England football reporter would take to Euro 2016

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Roy Hodgson will name England's squad for the Euro 2016 preparation matches on Monday.

Press Association Sport's Chief Football Writer Simon Peach selects the 23 players he would take to France.

GOALKEEPERS

A star player and one of the most experienced squad members, JOE HART is a shoo-in for the squad and the number one spot after Jack Butland's season-ending injury. FRASER FORSTER goes as deputy after an impressive return from long-term injury with Southampton, while Burnley goalkeeper TOM HEATON gets the nod over Ben Foster.

DEFENDERS

CHRIS SMALLING has been one of few bright points for Manchester United this term and is certain to start against Russia. GARY CAHILL's solid displays for his country see him come in despite some shaky club form and JOHN STONES' inconsistent displays are overlooked in favour of his undoubted talent. A seven-man defence sees Phil Jagielka just miss out on selection, with attacking right-backs NATHANIEL CLYNE and KYLE WALKER included. Similarly-attacking left-backs RYAN BERTRAND and DANNY ROSE are chosen ahead of Leighton Baines and Kieran Gibbs, while Luke Shaw's continued rehabilitation rules him out.

MIDFIELDERS

The seven-man defence can also rely on ERIC DIER, who spent much of his career as a defender before this season being transformed so impressively into a defensive midfielder. JACK WILSHERE gets a chance in the 23-man squad after getting some playing time after injury, although the warm-up matches will be key in assessing how important he can be in France. Liverpool captain JORDAN HENDERSON is another inclusion despite fitness concerns and is joined by club mates JAMES MILNER and ADAM LALLANA. Leicester's DANNY DRINKWATER did enough on his debut against Holland in March to show he is capable of transforming club form onto international level, just as PFA Young Player of the Year DELE ALLI has done in the recent meet-ups. ROSS BARKLEY's potential to create magic sees him into the 23, but there is no room for Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey, Fabian Delph, Michael Carrick and the like. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury means he too is absent, while the squad comes too late for Mark Noble.

FORWARDS

Free-scoring JAMIE VARDY and HARRY KANE join England's all-time top scorer WAYNE ROONEY in a squad robbed of Danny Welbeck due to his terrible nine-month setback. His absence does not mean a place for Theo Walcott, though, as RAHEEM STERLING gets the benefit of the doubt despite a difficult first campaign at Manchester City. Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe and Marcus Rashford are also overlooked in favour of DANIEL STURRIDGE, who is backed to continue his impressive run of form at Liverpool since returning from injury.

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