Roy Hodgson criticises England strikers after terrible training performance

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England's attacking stars were criticised in the wake of their 0-0 draw against Slovakia after failing to convert any of their 30 shots on goal.

Slovakia knew they only needed a point to qualify for the next round of the European Championships and stuck plenty of men behind the ball for much of the game. Roy Hodgson's men are likely to face a very similar set-up when they play Iceland on Monday.

It will be important for the England strike force to take any chances that come to them and, as such, they have been undertaking extensive shooting practice at their Chantilly training base.


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But so far things are failing to improve. The Telegraph report that the players scored only nine goals from 47 attempts, leading to a public dressing down from Hodgson.

Hodgson told his players in front of the watching cameramen and journalists: “The quality at the moment has to be better than this.”

The breakdown

Of those goals, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Jack Wilshere scored twice while Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge managed to find the net once.

It is unlikely to have repercussions for England's line-up against Iceland. Hodgson opted to drop Kane for the game against Slovakia, placing Vardy at the point of attack with Sturridge on the right-wing. Neither combination has really been proven to work.

Rooney's influence

One thing for sure is Wayne Rooney is likely to continue in a deeper role. The captain has played in midfield so far in this tournament and was once again providing passes from deep in this open training.

But England's record goalscorer couldn't resist showing the young boys how to do it and reportedly pinged a long range effort from 25 yards past the goalkeeper.

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