England manager Roy Hodgson looks set to change system, and vastly rotate his squad for Tuesday’s friendly with Italy, according to the Guardian.
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Hodgson went with a 4-3-3 for the 4-0 European Championship qualifying victory over Lithuania, but will employ a more traditional 4-4-2 diamond formation for the game in Turin, having lost both Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck to injury.
Man of the moment, Harry Kane came off the bench to score the final goal on Friday, and will be rewarded for his instant impact – both for the national side, and for his club Tottenham – with his first start for his country at Juventus Stadium.
The real surprise, however, is that Arsenal’s Theo Walcott looks set to play alongside him, with captain Wayne Rooney dropping deeper into the attacking tip of the midfield four.
The 26-year-old has a less than impressive strike rate for the Three Lions. Even as a winger, five goals in thirty-seven games is not a good enough return, so he will be looking to prove himself in his favoured position.
The Guardian confirm that there is also a surprise in the holding-midfield role, with Phil Jones set to displace his Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick, who made a triumphant return after a long period in the international wilderness.