Liverpool signing a better choice than Arsenal midfielder to rescue Three Lions

Rickie Lambert

Did Roy Hodgson make the wrong substitutions, chasing the game against Italy?

England consider themselves unlucky after their opening 2-1 loss to Italy, a view most observers would agree with.

Roy Hodgson's team selection was one fans wanted to see, placing his trust in young players to drive the team forward.

The positive approach is not one a boss who when he began was viewed as too conservative is known for, but he stopped short of going all-in, as England chased the equaliser in Manaus.

In the 73rd minute with the Three Lions needing a goal, Hodgson withdrew Jordan Henderson - in his place - he brought on Jack Wilshere.

By selecting the Arsenal midfielder, Hodgson made clear he trusted his system - but should he have been far bolder?

While goal difference and losing further ground to Italy was something Hodgson may have considered, it should be remembered this is the World Cup, and England are now 50 per cent of their way to elimination - which will be confirmed via defeat to Uruguay on Thursday.

Bringing on a striker, namely recent Southampton forward, now signed by Liverpool; Rickie Lambert would have been an ideal candidate.

Lambert is a player high on confidence, and who showed his value in England's warm-up games.

A striker with an eye for goal, versus a midfielder in Jack Wilshere who does not possess the same threat, was not the bold choice England needed.

Hodgson even had a second opportunity to get it right, when Daniel Sturridge was withdrawn in the 81st minute - sending on Adam Lallana in his place.

If England are in the same position against Uruguay, Hodgson will need to take a risk and shake up his formation to attack - or realise by failing to do so, he will not decrease chances of the side's early elimination.

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