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Hodgson must now pick England's best XI.

England's best starting line-up for Euro 2016

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Anger ensued as Roy Hodgson announced who had missed the cut in England’s 23-man Euro 2016 squad.

Whilst Marcus Rashford, Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson were all controversially included, Danny Drinkwater and Andros Townsend suffered the heartbreak of being left out.

Football fans are particularly disappointed in Hodgson’s decision to take Wilshere over Drinkwater, with the former missing the majority of last campaign through injury whilst the latter helped Leicester City towards winning the Premier League.

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But let’s face it, England’s manager was never going to please everyone.

Nevertheless, Euro 2016 beckons and Hodgson must now decide on his best starting XI heading into tournament. Here’s how the Three Lions should line up using a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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HODGSON'S 23-MAN SQUAD

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GOALKEEPER - JOE HART

It would be impossible to leave out Manchester City’s shot-stopper, even despite Fraser Forster’s heroics for Southampton last term.

Hart deserves to start on merit alone, considering how well he’s performed for England over the years.

RIGHT-BACK - KYLE WALKER

A tough call, but Walker’s athleticism and displays for both club and country over the past year should see him pip Nathaniel Clyne to a starting berth.

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CENTRE-BACK - CHRIS SMALLING

Smalling is arguably England’s best centre-half at the moment and performs consistently on the international stage. He’s become a complete defender over the past few years.

CENTRE-BACK - GARY CAHILL

The Chelsea defender’s experience and leadership will prove vital in France, but following a shaky season in the Premier League, he’s more at threat of losing a starting place to John Stones.

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LEFT-BACK - DANNY ROSE

Once a punch line amongst football fans, Rose has been excellent in recent months and fully deserves not only his place in the squad, but in the starting XI.

MIDFIELD - JACK WILSHERE

I know, I know, he hasn’t played much football, but six man-of-the-match performances in seven of England’s qualifying games tells you all you need to know about Wilshere’s importance to the Three Lions.

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The Arsenal midfielder offers something completely different in the middle of the park compared to his teammates.

MIDFIELD - ERIC DIER

Scored a nightmare own goal against Australia on Friday night, but Dier is England’s best defensive midfielder and provides steel in front of the back four.

ATTACKING MIDFIELD - WAYNE ROONEY (C)

England’s captain has been criticised over the past year for his waning performances, but in a deeper role, Rooney’s creativity and work rate really comes to the fore.

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The 30-year-old’s strike against Australia on Friday proved he’s still a huge threat from range too, though he faces stiff competition from Dele Alli.

RIGHT WING - JAMIE VARDY

Would be guaranteed a starting berth upfront if it wasn’t for Harry Kane. Vardy’s rise to stardom has been spectacular, and if his goalscoring exploits last season weren't impressive enough, he’s bagged three goals in his last three England appearances.

LEFT WING - RAHEEM STERLING

Put simply, Hodgson has no choice but to play Sterling. The 21-year-old endured a poor debut season at City but he's England's only out-and-out winger. Adam Lallana could also be a contender to start on the left flank.

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STRIKER - HARRY KANE

How can you not include the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner? Kane has been magnificent over the past two years and looks set to be England’s first-choice striker for the foreseeable future.

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