Predicted England line up v Estonia: Hodgson to start with Tottenham AND Arsenal stars?

first_imgEngland take on Estonia at Wembley tonight looking to maintain their 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifying.With progress to next summer’s finals in France already secured, Roy Hodgson’s charges will be hoping to emerge from their final two group fixtures with the Estonians and Lithuania blemish-free.First-team regulars like captain Wayne Rooney, Jordan Henderson and John Stones are all sidelined through injuries, while relative newcomers Danny Ings and Jonjo Shelvey are also likely to miss out.So how will Hodgson approach the game? Here, talkSPORT attempts to unpick the England manager’s mind with a predicted line up…Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our formation. 11 Central midfield: James Milner (Liverpool) – Milner has struggled with the added responsibility in his first few months at Liverpool but his reliability and work rate should see him retain his place. 11 Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – Clyne has made a steady start to life Liverpool and is England’s best option on the right side of defence. 11 Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Manchester City) – The undisputed England number one has been in sparkling form so far domestically and in Europe for league leaders City. Defensive midfield: Michael Carrick (Manchester United) – Carrick is England’s experienced head in midfield and his direct passing and discipline in front of his defence allows his more energetic team-mates to roam free. 11 Central midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton) – Barkley has begun the season how many England fans would have wanted – seemingly revitalised and back to the form he showcased in 2013/2014. He got off the mark for his country against San Marino last month, too. Left-back: Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) – Gibbs may well be second choice at Arsenal, but Hodgson really favours the Gunners defender. There’s a real opportunity for both the 26-year-old and Ryan Bertrand to stake a claim while Luke Shaw is sidelined. Left forward: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Sterling has benefited from the added quality in Manchester and is growing as a player. He should terrorise the Estonian defence. Right forward: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – Walcott has deposed Olivier Giroud in Arsenal’s attack so far this campaign and has 10 goals in his last 16 appearances, but Hodgson may look to utilise him in a slightly wider role at Wembley. 11 Centre-back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Smalling has been arguably United’s player of the season so far, combining defensive surety with admirable composure in possession. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Gary Cahill (Chelsea) – Cahill is one of several Chelsea defenders struggling for form so far this season but, due to Phil Jones’s fitness problems and John Stones’s injury, should start. 11 11 11 Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Hodgson regards Kane as the natural heir to Rooney’s throne and, with the England captain and Daniel Sturridge currently sidelined, Estonia provides an ideal opportunity for the 22-year-old to vindicate his manager’s faith.last_img

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