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Euro 2016: Hodgson Set To Spring A Huge Surprise With England Starting Eleven

England take on Iceland this evening in the final Euro 2016 last sixteen tie.

Though Roy Hodgson’s side go into the game as favourites, they will be wary of an Iceland side who have given a fantastic account of themselves throughout and progressed from their group (like England) with one win and two draws.

As kick off time draws closer, many have been speculating as to how Hodgson’s England will line up. Having named the same starting lineup for the opening two games, the 68 year old threw a massive curveball for the Slovakia match by leaving Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli out of the side, as well as the underperforming Raheem Sterling and full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.

While many were not particularly upset to see the Manchester City winger left out of the side, reports this morning suggest that he is in line for a shock recall as Hodgson shuffles his pack yet again.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11:  Raheem Sterling (C) of England competes for the ball against Aleksandr Golovin (L) and Aleksandr Kokorin (R) of Russia during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

With Adam Lallana an injury doubt ahead of tonight’s match in Nice, Hodgson is set to recall the scapegoated youngster in a three man attack with Kane and Daniel Sturridge, which would mean that Jamie Vardy is to be relegated to the bench once again.

Sterling has been roundly booed by England fans for his performances so far, but after being contacted by his new Man City manager Pep Guardiola, it is believed that he has regained his confidence. Where previously the coaching staff were genuinely worried about his mental state due to the vitriolic nature of the abuse from supposed supporters, it is believed that those fears have now subsided.

Alli and Rooney are also likely to return to the midfield, with the Tottenham duo Walker and Rose returning in the full back positions.

Probable England XI: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Rose, Dier, Alli, Rooney, Sterling, Sturridge, Vardy.

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