We predict the England starting XI for Sunday’s World Cup qualifying clash in Slovakia
Sam Allardyce has already made some harsh decisions as England manager, with Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley among those members of the Euro 2016 squad who have been omitted.
However, the former Bolton and West Ham manager has largely kept faith with the same crop of players and will now look to select a team who can go to Slovakia on Sunday and win a game of football.
A draw wouldn’t be a bad result considering this is England’s toughest assignment of all qualifying games, although the focus will be on landing all three points and here’s the expected team:
GK: Joe Hart
A no-brainer of a pick, even if Joe Hart has barely played this season after being sidelined at Manchester City. Torino’s new number one will relish the chance to show he’s still top class.
RB: Kyle Walker
One of the brightest England performers at Euro 2016, the Tottenham man can bomb down the wing in addition to being a solid defensive performer.
CB: John Stones
He’s been given a big seal of approval by Pep Guardiola and we suspect Sam Allardyce will do the same.
CB: Gary Cahill
Chris Smalling’s lack of game time for Manchester United means that Cahill is likely to slot in alongside Stones and he brings plenty of experience.
LB: Luke Shaw
It’s been a long road back for the Manchester United left-back, although this is the next step of his recovery and he’s looked pretty good for the Red Devils so far.
DM: Eric Dier
Expect the Spurs man to keep his place and operate in front of the defence, with Dier tough-tackling and able to shield his back four.
DM: Jordan Henderson
Never seems to do well for England but the Liverpool midfielder brings energy and workrate to the team for this clash
AM: Raheem Sterling
Looking revitalised under Pep Guardiola and his two recent goals against West Ham means he’s a solid pick here. Fast and dynamic right now.
AM: Wayne Rooney
Will play as part of an attacking trident and the captain is set to continue for another two years in an England shirt.
AM: Adam Lallana
Looking the part for Liverpool again this season and his ability to track back means that he’s worthy of his place in the team.
F: Harry Kane
Kane hasn’t yet found the net for Tottenham but is expected to get the nod over Vardy and Sturridge.
All odds were correct at time of posting.