With England’s opening European Championship fixture against Russia just 75 days away, many people are already attempting to predict Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad.
The 3-2 win against Germany, after being 2-0 down, has excited all football fans across the country and has really whet their appetite for the tournament in the summer.
The debate about the Three Lions’ starting XI is already in full swing.
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Does Wayne Rooney, who missed the brilliant win in Berlin, deserve a place or should Hodgson stick with the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli?
What about the defence? Is Gary Cahill deserving of his place at the heart of defence after a difficult season for Chelsea or should John Stones, who is struggling to play first-team football at Everton at the moment, be given the nod?
Picking a starting 11 is difficult enough, but picking a five-a-side team is nigh on impossible.
Vardy's five-a-side team
Nevertheless, Vardy has risked upsetting members of the England camp by selecting his best five players in the England squad.
Vardy’s line-up demonstrates that England have a plethora of attacking talent while lacking options in defence - he also chooses a player that may surprise you…
“I’d probably have to go for Joe Hart in there,” Vardy told The Sun when asked to pick his goalkeeper.
The selection of Hart won’t surprise anybody. The Manchester City goalkeeper will be England’s number one in France, especially considering the fact that Jack Butland seems certain to miss the competition after fracturing his ankle against Germany.
“Then I’d probably just go four strikers, all out attack: Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Theo Walcott and myself in there,” he said.
“Bit of pace on a five-a-side pitch, so you never know when I’ll have to track back.”
Kane and Vardy partnership
Kane and Vardy up-front is something that the majority of England fans want to see.
Kane has managed 21 goals in the Premier League for Spurs while Vardy has notched 19 as his side close in on an incredible title victory.
Both players also scored brilliant goals in Saturday’s friendly win over the Germans.
Kane hauled his country back into the match after his Cruyff-turn fooled Mesut Ozil before smashing the ball into the corner.
Vardy then scored the equaliser three minutes after coming on as a substitute with a delightful back-heel finish from a Nathaniel Clyne cross.
With Kane and Vardy on fire, many asked where that left England captain Rooney. But Vardy appears to have the answer by selecting him alongside the duo.
But, the inclusion of Walcott has surely got to be questioned.
The 27-year-old has come under-fire this season for his performances for Arsenal where he’s only managed four goals in 22 appearances in the league this campaign.
Many would believe that Walcott’s place in the 23-man squad could be under-threat, so it’s fairly surprising to see Vardy include him in his five-a-side line-up.
What would your England five-a-side line-up be? Let us know in the comments box below!
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