England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy unlikely to face Spain

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy is likely to miss England's clash with Spain, according to the Mirror.

Vardy picked up a knock in Leicester's game against Watford on Saturday, though the England camp remain hopeful he will be fit to face France on November 17 whilst the extent of the injury is still unknown.

It will not just be the 28-year-old who will sit out of the game in Alicante. Hodgson, speaking at the pre-match press conference, also revealed he will rest England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.


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The Three Lions manager plans to rotate the squad and declared it would be "unlikely players will start both games".

There's no doubt Vardy will be disappointed to miss the clash after Hodgson admitted his name was pencilled in to start up front on Friday. The Foxes striker has been in the form of his life this season having scored in nine consecutive Premier League games - a record that is only bettered by former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy.

With Rooney and Vardy both out of the picture, in form Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is favourite to lead the line in Spain. It would be Kane's seventh international cap, having made his debut last year in a Euro 2016 qualifying match, during which he scored within 80 seconds against Lithuania.

A trip to Spain, followed up by a clash with France, will no doubt be a test for England, but this could be a chance for some of the younger squad members to show their boss why they should be on the plane to France.

With the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier in the squad, Hodgson could see these games as an opportunity to properly introduce them into the world of international football and see how they cope against tougher opposition.

It is not just the Spurs duo who will look to impress. Southampton's Ryan Bertrand and Stoke City's Jack Butland have both in superb form for their clubs and will look to give Roy Hodgson a selection headache come the Euros.

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