Adam Lallana's poor goal threat could jeopardise his starting position

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England were once again on the end of a disappointing draw in the Euros, as they couldn't break the deadlock against Slovakia despite a dominating performance.

The draw wasn't the end of England's efforts in the tournament, as the result left them in second place in group B. Roy Hodgson clearly allowed their safe position influence his starting XI, making six changes.

The decision meant that key players, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli watched on as England shuffled the ball around, without really having any creative spark.


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One player that survived the exodus of changes was Adam Lallana, who seems to have impressed the manager in the past two games.

However, what Lallana has in energy and work rate, he lacks in finishing ability. After missing two clear chances against Russia, you would think the Liverpool man would have learnt his lesson, but yet again, he wasted another two or three chances against Slovakia.

However, Lallana's poor finishing will be no surprise for Hodgson, or anyone, as it has been the story of his career - A talented, creative winger who lacks the end product to be top quality. This clearly highlights the manager's preference for the industrious over natural finishers, trusting his team to grind out enough of a chance to score.

Unfortunately for England, the chances keep falling to Lallana, or the equally inept finisher Raheem Sterling, instead of the real goal scorers, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy or Daniel Sturridge. It's been quite the irony that this England squad was cited for the array of excellent forwards at its disposal, but have been blunted in attack so far.

How can Hodgson change it? In all honesty, despite his commitment, Lallana has to spend more time on the bench. England should field a front three of competent finishers, so despite him not scoring in the first two games, Kane hasn't really had a sniff at goal yet, so it would make sense to reinstate him to lead the line.

Accompanying him, Vardy and Sturridge, although this would diminish Vardy's influence on the game. The rest of the team should perform, so none of the six new starters from the Slovakia game should force their way into the starting line up.

A wildcard could be the introduction of Marcus Rashford. If Hodgson doesn't think Kane has what it takes to lead the line, then he could continue to let Jamie Vardy be the spearhead and replace Lallana with the Manchester United talent.

In theory, Rashford is the only real successor to Lallana's position. To put Vardy out wide would be wasting the best of his abilities. Sterling would just bring the same problems as Lallana, and for all James Milner's virtues, he lacks the pace that Hodgson seems to want.

So Rashford seems to have the spot by default, but could he handle it? From what we've seen, certainly. Disregarding his astonishingly quick debut goal, when tossed onto the field against Wales, he looked composed, but more importantly, dangerous and even at times as if he could run the game.

It was a lack of alternatives that gave Rashford his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa league, and it could be the same story for England. Don't be surprised if the youngster is given a more important role, because if anyone knows how to grasp an opportunity, it's Marcus Rashford.

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