It’s just six days until the start of Euro 2016 and England’s expectations are starting to rise.
The Three Lions won their three warm-up matches against Turkey, Australia and Portugal - not to mention their 100% record in qualification.
It’s been 50 long years since England’s last triumph in a major competition - the 1966 World Cup - but there is belief that the talents of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy can lead Roy Hodgson’s side to glory.
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England go into the tournament as fourth favourites behind France, Spain and Germany but there is one man who isn’t willing to back his own nation.
That man is Alan Shearer.
The former striker almost led England to glory 20 years ago at Euro ’96 but thinks that the lack of quality centre-backs means that lifting the Henri Delaunay Trophy is unlikely for Rooney and co.
“My big concern is defensively,” Shearer told the Independent.
“Central defenders. We haven't got any. Look around: Cahill, Smalling, Stones has had a nightmare for the past three or four months. He might drop Eric Dier in there but other than that…that’s why I would be concerned. That’s why I’d hesitate and say that I don’t think we will win it.”
While England may have limited options in defence, they are spoilt for choice in attack.
Kane, Vardy, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford have all been included in Hodgson’s 23-man squad and it still remains unclear as to who will start the opening fixture against Russia on June 11.
Against Portugal in the final friendly, Hodgson opted for Rooney, Kane and Vardy but the trio didn’t really click. Kane and Vardy were forced to play out wide to accommodate the captain, prompting Shearer to tweet: “If you're going to play Kane and Vardy then at least play them as centre-forward and not wingers. Or what's the point?”
He believes that it should be Kane and Rooney starting up-front, with Vardy to come off the bench if needed.
“Rooney would be in my XI for the first game and then it’s up to him,” he said.
“As would Harry Kane. He’s earned the right to be England’s No 1 striker and again the rest is up to him.
“If Kane doesn’t score or we are chasing the game you’ve got Vardy to come on, use his pace as he did against Germany. He’s a great option for us.”
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