Roy Hodgson should make significant changes in order for England to beat Wales

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England were unable to end a record that has haunted them since they first competed in the European Championships; to win their opening game at the tournament. And now Roy Hodgson must seriously consider dropping two players, in order to get three points against Wales.

A goal from Russia in injury time secured, what many would call, an undeserved point against the Three Lions. And manager Roy Hodgson has some work to do, if his side are to beat a Wales team that won against Slovakia in their opening game.

The selection of Raheem Sterling, who managed just 11 goals in 47 appearances for Manchester City this season, did raise some eyebrows, and he, alongside Adam Lallana, should be dropped for a change of formation against The Dragons.


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Sterling has failed to light up the Etihad with his performances this season, after performing admirably at Liverpool, which makes his selection for the starting XI questionable; although, on his day, he has the potential to be up their with the best young European forward players.

And with the priority for this game to be that the Three Lions come away with nothing less than three points means Hodgson must ensure as much of his best attacking talent is on the field, that doesn't compromise the quality elsewhere on the field.

The obvious threat for England is Wales' star man Gareth Bale, who can cause any defence a sleepless night, and the worry is that Hodgson's defence may not be strong enough to withhold the Real Madrid man for 90 minutes.

Therefore, it's up to Hodgson to find the balance between attack and defence, which could suit a 4-2-3-1 formation. The same goalkeeper and back four should be a relatively simple choice for the England boss, while introducing Jordan Henderson, alongside Eric Dier in front of the defence, will provide some further security at the back.


Henderson is naturally a more forward thinking player, however, he is more than capable of playing a slightly deeper role. Lining him up alongside Dier, who can alternatively play in defence, will ensure Hodgson has some solidity at the back, trying to reduce the threat of Bale, but also Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, who had a good game against Slovakia.

However, with a change of formation, this will give Hodgson some selection headaches in the more advanced roles in midfield. Arguably, either Ross Barkley or Jack Wilshere could fit into this system. But, Hodgson should consider introducing James Milner, as an experienced head to play wide right, where Alli featured against Russia, while moving the Tottenham man into the middle.

Milner warrants his place in the team, after a good season for Liverpool, and is one man who goes under the radar for the Three Lions, and doesn't get the credit he deserves. While Alli has created a fine partnership with Harry Kane this season, which would make it a wise decision to play him as a number ten.

The 20-year-old has linked up with Kane superbly this season, and playing him down the middle will, hopefully, have the same effect, and form a good partnership with Jamie Vardy, also, who should be drafted into the team.


Vardy has proven himself a prolific goalscorer for both club and country this season, and Hodgson must start him, to increase England's chances of goals against Wales. It's a positive for a negative; England may struggle for a clean sheet against this talented Wales outfit, so further fire power upfront may be needed to bag the all important goals to ensure victory.

Wayne Rooney should resume where he left off against Russia, on the left hand side, to bolster England's attacking threats further and add a touch of class and experience to this young team.

Hodgson's men won't have it easy against a talented and spirited team like Wales, however, if England can keep the likes of Bale quiet, it should be expected that the Three Lions can win the game. Few, if any, fans could possibly question where England's goal will come from, and that will be the least of Hodgson's problems.

Should Roy Hodgson make changes to his team, or stick with the players he fielded against Russia? Have your say in the comment box below.

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