Hodgson unwilling to announce starting strikers for England

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With four points from their opening two matches, a win over Slovakia on Monday would assure England of claiming the top spot in Group B.

However, it is still unknown as to which players will be on the pitch for England in that final group match.

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After a dull first half against Wales, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge both came off the bench at halftime with England trailing, 1-0. Both strikers would score in the second half as the Three Lions went on to win the match, 2-1.

As Harry Kane has struggled early on in this tournament, many have called for either Vardy or Sturridge to take his place in the starting XI. However, manager Roy Hodgson said he doesn’t believe changes are absolutely necessary.

Jamie and Daniel did very well when they came on against Wales and I’m sure they would like to start (against Slovakia).

The options are there. We have spoken at length on many occasions about the options available, especially in the front positions and nothing changes. It’s a decision to be made.

I don’t think its absolutely necessary [for me to make changes to my team]. The players are in good shape and I don’t think it will be a problem if I keep very much the same side as we’ve played.

But also there are a lot of players who would like to play and have been knocking hard at the door to play so I have the option to refresh because everyone is anxious to get their chance and show what they can do.

The halftime substitutions against Wales clearly turned the match, but there is the question as to whether Hodgson’s management showed a touch of brilliance, or if he was simply bailed out by his players for originally making a mistake with his lineup.

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Harry Kane’s one shot on target through 135 minutes of play surely isn’t enough, and with England primed to advance, it would benefit Hodgson to change up his starting XI a bit against Slovakia to allow Vardy or Sturridge to get a longer run on the field.