England line-up for Iceland clash announced

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Raheem Sterling has earned a recall to the starting line-up for England's European Championship last-16 tie against Russia.

Roy Hodgson has made the unpopular decision to select the Manchester City winger in favour of Adam Lallana.

Sterling was booed in the 2-1 win over Wales - the last game he started at Euro 2016 - but Hodgson clearly doesn’t sense a lack of confidence in the 21-year-old.


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Hodgson has selected an attacking line-up as England look to set up a quarter-final meeting with France.

He made six changes for the 0-0 draw against Slovakia - a move which led to widespread criticism after the Three Lions surrendered top spot in Group B - but Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose all return.

Check out the starting XI below.

Sterling has underperformed in France - a fundraising age was set up by an England fan to bring him home - and the decision to start him won’t please every fan.

Yet Rooney hasn’t seen any signs that the former Liverpool man is unnerved by the criticism.

“What I’ve seen, his state of mind is fine,” the England captain said, per the Daily Mail.

“He's been normal around the camp. What we've seen on the training pitch from Raheem, he's been fantastic: sharp, taking players on, scoring goals.

“There's no issue with Raheem at all. His attitude isn't questioned.

“He stays behind after training doing what he does normally. He's a huge asset to us as a team, a fantastic player and one who can turn the game in a split-second. If anyone is questioning his attitude or state of mind, they'd be mistaken in having that judgement.”

Hodgson: the performance doesn't matter

Despite finishing second in the group, England have played some fine football in the tournament.

They were the better team in each of the draws against Russia and Slovakia but simply failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

And tonight, Hodgson knows that his team can’t get away with playing well if they fail to advance. He’ll certainly take a scrappy, unconvincing 1-0 win if it means England are through to the last-eight.

“Most importantly I want to see us win,” the England coach said, per the Daily Mail. “Although I am satisfied in many ways with some of the football we have played we haven't won every game. Now we must make sure we take our chances. 

“I don't think we can be accused of not having imposed ourselves on the game. I don't even think we can be accused of not creating any goal chances, because we have. 

“But we haven't taken them and as a result we drew against Slovakia in a game which, with that type of domination, should have been a win.

“And the game that probably irks me even more than that one is the Russia game, where we were good value for 1-0 only to concede in the 93rd minute, so everything we have been doing since the game against Slovakia is to make certain we are aware how important it is now to take advantage of the chances that come our way.

“We need to be as ruthless as we can be against Iceland.”

GMS prediction: England 3-0 Iceland

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