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The England team to start Euro 2016

Will Wayne Rooney lead the line for England at Euro 2016? present our picks for England's starting XI at Euro 2016, who will make the final cut?

With England already through to the finals, turn our thoughts temporarily away from upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying clashes against Estonia and Lithuania, and to whom may feature in Roy Hodgson’s opening XI in France.

Here is our team to start in summer…

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart
Barring serious injury, it is tough to see the established England and Manchester City man Hart losing his number one jersey anytime soon.

Right back: Nathaniel Clyne
One of the Three Lions’ few natural right-sided full backs playing at the required level. The Liverpool defender’s continued club excellence should see him make this spot his own.

Centre back: Chris Smalling
Looks much more comfortable on the right of a central partnership and should play there. Dominating displays for Manchester United to become one of the Premier League’s most prominent defenders mean it would be almost criminal to leave Smalling in the cold.

Centre back: Phil Jagielka
Gary Cahill may be vice-captain but Jagielka has just as much experience. Should his superb displays for Everton continue he may pip Cahill, currently featuring for calamitous Chelsea, to the post.

Left back: Ryan Bertrand
A star for Southampton, Bertrand has the chance to grab the left defensive flank with both hands. Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines will have missed much club football between them due to injury, so it’s Bertrand’s now to lose.

Central midfield: Jordan Henderson
Liverpool have looked lost without hard-working Henderson marshalling midfield recently and England will also need his leadership as they cross the channel.

Central midfield: Jack Wilshere
Perhaps the biggest risk here, but Wilshere’s intelligence and inventiveness has seen Hodgson deploy him deep and, if the Arsenal playmaker is fit for France, that is probably still the plan.

Right wing: Raheem Sterling
A fixture for the Three Lions, and now starring for City, Sterling (11/2 to score first against Estonia with bet365) is the speedster to bring flair and unlock stubborn defences.

Attacking midfield/support striker: Wayne Rooney
England’s all-time top scorer will start, but if his troubled club form continues, skipper Rooney may find himself shifted from his prime position to supporting act.

Left wing: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Seemingly favoured over clubmate Theo Walcott, strong and skilful Oxlade-Chamberlain may not always play for Arsenal, but has started England’s past two games and been entrusted for tough scuffles such as Scotland.

Centre forward: Daniel Sturridge
A rampant return from injury, with two in three since his comeback, should see clinical Sturridge given a shot ahead of the likes of Danny Welbeck (5/2 with Paddy Power to still make the Euro 2016 squad) and Harry Kane, if he continues to be lethal for Liverpool.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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