Roy Hodgson to name an unchanged side for Wales match

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When Russia scored an injury-time equaliser against England on Saturday night, there was one man getting the majority of the blame.

That man was manager Roy Hodgson who was criticised for his substitutions. England fans questioned the decision to bring off Wayne Rooney - who was arguably the best player on the pitch - and the choice to keep Jamie Vardy on the bench.

While the overall performance was fairly pleasing, there were calls for Hodgson to make a few changes to the line-up for the crucial match against Wales.


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Raheem Sterling was disappointing on the left-wing while Premier League top goalscorer Harry Kane looked tired up-front. With the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Vardy and Jack Wilshere waiting in the wings, many believed there would be a few changes for the clash with the Welsh.

However, The Times are reporting that Hodgson will, rather remarkably, keep the same line-up for Thursday’s fixture.

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And it’s fair to say that Twitter has reacted furiously to the reported line-up. Here are some of the best tweets:

The report states that Hodgson originally planned on playing a 4-4-2 diamond against Wales but had obviously seen something, either in Wales’ 2-1 victory over Slovakia or England’s 1-1 draw with Russia, that changed his mind.

Many believed that Sturridge could be given the nod leading the line ahead of Kane but Hodgson is willing to give the Tottenham striker another opportunity.

While Hodgson seems set to name an unchanged line-up, it’s unclear whether the manager will change his corner taker. Kane took every corner during the draw against Russia - a decision that was heavily criticised.

However, it seems unlikely that Hodgson will change the free-kick taker after Eric Dier smashed home from a dead-ball situation.

Man-marking Bale?

The Times also claim that Hodgson has decided against the idea of man-marking Wales’ biggest threat, Gareth Bale, due to their experiment with Cristiano Ronaldo being cancelled.

England were toying with the idea of Eric Dier doing a man-marking job on Ronaldo during England’s friendly against Portugal before the tournament, but the superstar was rested meaning Hodgson’s plan was foiled. 

Whoever the 11 players that take to the field against Wales, they know anything short of a victory would leave them in a precarious position. With Russia and Slovakia playing on Wednesday, England could be bottom of the group before the 2pm kick-off on Thursday and will be desperate for maximum points.

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