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Hodgson could leave out Vardy.

England's line-up to face Russia is 'revealed' by The Mirror

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There’s nothing quite like an international tournament, is there?

For the next month, football fans from around Europe will be glued to their televisions watching 51 matches, cheering their nation on to glory.

For England, they are looking to win their first major international tournament for 50 years and are fourth favourites to lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy come July 10.

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Standing in their way in the group stages are Russia, Wales and Slovakia with the Three Lions confident of progressing to the knockout stages.

First up is Russia on Saturday night in Marseille - a match that Roy Hodgson knows his side must win to kick-start their campaign. Despite the Russians being second favourites to progress in Group B, they have been rocked by injuries and England will surely fancy their chances.

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But who will be lining up for them in the opening fixture?

Well, The Mirror think they know and have 'revealed' the starting XI - it’s very attacking.

This will be England’s ninth European Championships and, remarkably, are looking to record their first win in an opening fixture after four draws and four defeats.

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But judging by this reported team, Hodgson is hellbent on getting off to a good start this time round. The report claims that he will scrap the midfield diamond formation which was used during their last friendly against Portugal and opt for a 4-3-3.

The back five doesn’t spring too many surprises with Joe Hart behind Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahil and Danny Rose.

In the holding midfield role is Eric Dier with teammate Dele Alli also in central midfield. Captain Wayne Rooney will join them as the Manchester United player is set to be tried in a slightly deeper role.

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The biggest exclusion is Jamie Vardy, who may have to make do with a place on the bench with Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling the suppliers for Harry Kane up-front.

The Leicester striker will no doubt consider himself unfortunate to be left out and, although it’s understandable that Kane will lead the line ahead of him as the central striker, will be wondering why Sterling and Lallana have been selected ahead of him to operate on the wings.

However, Vardy will give Hodgson an excellent option from the bench as his searing pace and energy levels could cause tiring defences huge problems.

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However, many fans on Twitter have questioned the inclusion of certain players and wonder why Vardy has been left out.

Whatever the line-up though, it’s sure to be an exciting 31 days in France as 24 of the best nations go head-to-head in a festival of football.

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