Roy Hodgson tried to shrug it off when Ray Lexington leaked England’s alleged team for their Euro 2016 clash against Russia.
Though the leak wasn’t entirely correct, it did give Russia an idea that Wayne Rooney would start alongside Dele Alli in central midfield and Raheem Sterling would play on the left wing.
The fact that the game finished 1-1 perhaps proves Russia learned something when Lewington allowed photographers to snap a glimpse of the team.
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So Jose Mourinho will be relieved that the result of Manchester United’s game against Borussia Dortmund on Friday means nothing.
The United boss has been pictured holding a team sheet that details his plans for the International Champions Cup, a pre-season tournament held in China that will go a long way to helping Mourinho decide his squad for the new season.
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The Red Devils play Dortmund in Shanghai on Friday before travelling to Beijing to play Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Monday.
And he’s already got a good idea of who will play against the Bundesliga outfit.
The images, which you can see below, show a midfield duo of Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera playing behind Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Interestingly, Memphis Depay is the lone striker.
Images: Mirror via Getty
Depay as a striker
The fact that Mourinho is planning to play the Dutchman up front suggests two things. By not playing him in his usual position, Mourinho could be dismissing Memphis’ importance to the first-team.
Or it could be a hint at a position change for the 22-year-old. Like how Arsene Wenger converted Thierry Henry from a winger to a forward, Mourinho might be thinking of a similar transition for Memphis.
The back four includes Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly. Unfortunately for inquisitive United fans, Mourinho’s arm covers up the remaining players.
Rashford and Januzaj
But another team is scrawled on Mourinho’s sheet and it shows Marcus Rashford playing up front with Adnan Januzaj to his left. In defence, promising youngster Axel Tuanzebe and Marcos Rojo flank Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
Of course, Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and possibly even Paul Pogba figure to play important roles for United next season. But Mourinho has confirmed that the captain won’t play in either game, while Ibrahimovic remains on holiday.
And, of course, Pogba remains a Juventus player for the time being.
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