England's Euro 2016 team was predicted in 2007

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Roy Hodgson's England squad completed their preparations for Euro 2016 on Thursday night by securing a 1-0 victory over 10-man Portugal at Wembley. 

The Three Lions failed to truly deliver the required performance, but they should still head into the tournament with a great deal of confidence after claiming three consecutive wins in the warm-up games. 

By now, then, Hodgson should know which players will start for England in their opening group game against Russia. 


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Here's the team Hodgson selected for the game against Portugal: Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, James Milner, Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy.

After a below-par performance against the Portuguese, Hodgson could yet make changes to the team that started at Wembley, but a number of the players above will expect to be handed a starting berth. 

2007 prediction 

It's safe to say, however, that back in 2007 not many people would have been able to guess England's Euro 2016 team.

Well, the Daily Mail attempted to offer an insight into the potential England side. Indeed, nine years ago, they selected the England team for the future. 

As you can see below, they got it horribly, horribly wrong: 

We're certainly not here to criticise the Daily Mail as the selected XI all had a great deal of potential, but where are these players now? 

Let's take a look:

Ben Amos: The former Manchester United 'keeper is currently plying his trade at Bolton, who finished bottom of the Championship last season. 

Sam Hutchinson: The defender played a prominent role for Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday last term.

Micah Richards: The ex-Manchester City man endured a torrid campaign at Aston Villa, who were relegated from the Premier League. 

Gavin Hoyte: Forget England, Hoyte has racked up three caps for Trinidad and Tobago. He currently plays for League 2 outfit Barnet. 

Robbie Threlfall: Formerly of Morecombe, the left-back is currently without a club. 

Dean Parrett: The midfielder is currently starring in midfield for League Two side Stevenage. 

Michael Johnson: After a number of issues away from the field of play, Johnson's professional career came to an end back in 2012. 

James Henry: At 26-years-old, James Henry's currently starring for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Theo Walcott: Currently at Arsenal, Walcott was unfortunate to miss out on a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad. 

Jose Baxter: The 24-year-old has spent the last three years at Sheffield United.

Scott Sinclair: After failing to prove himself at the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, Sinclair is currently plying his trade for Aston Villa. 

Who should start for England against Russia? Have your say below! 

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