Rio Ferdinand selects his England XI for Euro 2016

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It’s just 13 days until the start of Euro 2016 and it’s the time that all England fans begin picking their starting XI.

The Three Lions take on Russia on June 11 in their opening group match and there are a couple of big decisions to make for Roy Hodgson.

Is it John Stones or Gary Cahill that partners Chris Smalling in the centre of defence?


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Does Wayne Rooney play in midfield or in attack?

And if Rooney doesn’t play as a forward, do you partner Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy up top?

While us amateurs enjoy to speculate about the starting XI, so too do former professionals.

Rio Ferdinand has given his go at picking his England line-up.

Watch the video below: (He begins picking his England line-up after seven minutes.)

The former defender is asked if Hodgson’s side were up against Spain in this summer’s tournament, who he would pick.

He doesn’t pick a goalkeeper but we’re presuming he’s selecting Joe Hart.

He then goes for Danny Rose, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Nathaniel Clyne in the back-four.

Playing in a diamond formation, Ferdinand goes for Eric Dier holding with Dele Alli on the right.

It’s all fairly unsurprising so far. That is until now.

“I’d play Ross Barkley on the left,” he says.

Really, Rio?

The Everton man had a disappointing second-half to the campaign and will do well to make the 23-man squad, let alone start.

Ferdinand then selects Rooney as the head of the diamond with Vardy and Kane up front.

“Break us down, I’d say. Because we’re strong through the middle so I’ll let you go down the wings and cross the ball. We should be able to deal with that,” he added.

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