Jack Wilshere should start for England at Euro 2016

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Kick off at the European Championships is fast approaching but many still remain unsure about what England's starting eleven will be against Russia, especially after the poor display against 10-man Portugal in the final warm-up game at Wembley last week.

The big question in the England squad that has caused much debate concerns who will play with Eric Dier and Dele Alli in England's midfield?

Roy Hodgson gave a slight indication of who will partner the Tottenham youngsters by playing James Milner on the right of a diamond formation that did not work against Portugal.


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Milner has always been a trustworthy player for Hodgson but his inclusion in the starting eleven has to be questioned when they are more talented midfielders available.

England's performance against an average Portugal side without Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointing and Jack Wilshere's impact on the game gave a big example of why he should replace Milner in the starting line-up, the Arsenal youngster's performance gave much need fluency to a lacklustre showing.

Since attracting the attention of Premier League fans around the world in 2011 because of his technical ability, Wilshere has struggled for consistent form and fitness but nobody can question his potential. The midfielder's technical attributes have constantly raised hopes he can be the key man for England and if 100% fit, he could be one of the most important players this summer.

Wilshere's progress has constantly stalled over the past couple of years and you feel the main reason he may not start for England is because of his lack of game time. Jordan Henderson is also in contention but has similarly struggled with recent fitness problems.

Like Milner, Henderson works hard for the team and if fit, could be a vital player for Hodgson's side providing energy from the bench but he doesn't possess the same ability on the ball as Wilshere.

Wilshere's ability will be key in France

Wilshere scored one of the best goals in qualifying for the tournament against Slovenia with a brilliant strike after a wonderful flowing move for England which typified his style of play - much like his goal of the season against Norwich in 2013.

England will need to be positive in possession if they are to do well in France and Wilshere has the potential to dictate the pace of matches, unlike Henderson or Milner. When allowed to do so he can also make dangerous runs forward with his quick bursts of pace.

Roy Hodgson has chosen a youthful, exciting squad of in-form players and many are optimistic England can have their best tournament since 1996, but Milner's selection would represent an overly cautious approach whereas Wilshere will compliment the likes of Alli and Harry Kane to express themselves with his fluent play and urgency going forward.

He is, without doubt, England's most talented midfielder on the ball and if the Three Lions are going to match the higher expectations heading into this tournament, the Arsenal midfielder will need to be in the starting XI as much as possible.

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