Roy Hodgson could try a 3-5-2 formation in Euro 2016

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After an impressive comeback victory against Germany, England followed it up with a 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands just days later, which brought the international break to an end and also brought the nation back down to earth.

Roy Hodgson is clearly still experimenting with his squad to get it right come the European Championships in June, but what is England's best 11 and what formation should Hodgson use?

In order to accommodate the countries two most inform strikers, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, Hodgson surely must look at two up front. This could be in a diamond formation or the 4-3-3 that he has deployed in the two most recent friendlies.


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The diamond would allow England to play two strikers plus a central attacking midfielder. Either Dele Alli or England captain Wayne Rooney could play that role perfectly. The freedom to roam, create and link the play would suit both players and could be very effective for Hodgson's side in France.

With the 4-3-3, Hodgson could bring in another player to add to the strike force. Danny Welbeck or Daniel Sturridge would be the obvious choices and that trio of Kane, Vardy and Sturridge or Welbeck could prove to be lethal.

How about looking into a less conventional 3-5-2?

The formation has been used to great success in international competition. West Germany and Brazil won the World Cup in 1990 and 1994 using the 3-5-2, with Germany using it to win the European Championships in 1996. A formation not really favoured amongst English football culture but Hodgson's current squad possess the players to potentially to pull it off.

Here's how the team could look if Hodgson did decide to play the 3-5-2 at the Euro's this summer:

Joe Hart - Goalkeeper

Manchester City's and England's number-one. Although Jack Butland has had a good season, his injury has ended his Euro dreams, so it looks like Hart is set for the starting role.

Gary Cahill - Centre Back

He has not had his best season in a Chelsea shirt but Cahill is still one of England's best centre backs. He offers agility, aerial ability and he can also play with the ball at his feet.

He offers agility, aerial ability and he can also play with the ball at his feet and could work well in a back three.

Chris Smalling - Centre Back

Smalling, on the other hand, is probably having the best season of his career. The former-Fulham centre back is statistically England's best option.

This season he has won more tackles and aerial dues than John Stones, Cahill or Phil Jagielka. He has also completed more interceptions, clearances and has made the least defensive errors.

John Stones - Centre Back

Stones has had a mixed campaign. Since being recognised as one of England's best young talents, the Everton centre-back has made some rooky errors.

Holding onto the ball for too long and trying to turn in tight errors have led to Stones receiving some heavy criticism.

Yet the former-Barnsley man still has a lot to offer and the Euros could be his chance to show his true potential on a global stage.

Jordan Henderson - Right Wing Back

Henderson has been tainted with injuries this season but has also stepped it up a gear when fit to help Liverpool try and replace Steven Gerrard.

A loyal servant and a hard worker, Henderson has played as a wing-back before under Brendan Rogers at Liverpool and could quite easily do it again for England.

Danny Rose - Left Wing Back

A reformed man under Mauricio Pochettino, Rose has made a good claim for his place in Hodgson's starting 11.

His athleticism and desire to attack as well as defend makes Rose the perfect wing-back candidate.

Being fit, able to defend and attack, are all traits of a good wing-back and Rose seems to tick all the boxes.

Dele Alli - Centre Midfield

Another player allowed to blossom at Spurs, Alli is the shining young talent in England's team.

His unquestionable technique combined with his sharp speed of thought and youthful desire have already led to him being compare to a young Paul Gascoigne.

The Euros are an exciting time for Alli who simply needs to continue enjoying his football and his success with surely continue.

Michael Carrick - Centre Midfield

Possibly not everyone's first choice in midfield but it has been stated that Carrick has gone underrated in England for too long.

His ability to pick a pass, stay calm in possession and vast experience would compliment the hunger of Hodgson's youthful team.

Wayne Rooney - Centre Attacking Midfield

Rooney is England captain, and for good reason. He is the best player England has produced for years and still holds a great gift when on the ball, even if his legs have started to slow.

Playing in the 'Number 10' role just behind Vardy and Kane would mean he could influence the game and bring that touch of magic that we all know he can, whilst allowing the two new boys to do what they do best.

Jamie Vardy - Striker

Vardy has worked his way up the English football ladder peaking with an empathic 19 goals so far for Leicester City this campaign.

He scored on his England debut last week and made it two against Holland last night. Vardy is clearly oozing with confidence and deserves a place in Hodgson's starting team in France.

Harry Kane - Striker

Kane has been the spearhead of Tottenham's attack and hunt for the Premier League title this season. His 22 goals so far this season makes him the highest goalscorer in England's top league.

He is a good, young, English talent with an eye for goal and, along with his Spurs team-mates, could light up the competition in June.

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