The changes Hodgson has to make to give England victory over Uruguay

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Plenty of praise has fallen the way of England's attacking quartet in the wake of the country's narrow loss to Italy on Saturday. At least, to 75% of them.

For Wayne Rooney, there has been renewed criticism of his ability to lead the English attack, with the Manchester United forward really struggling to contribute to the good work Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and club teammate Danny Welbeck put in.

But though England created several decent openings, and may feel a little hard done by at failing to claim the point they felt their play deserved, one simple fact remains that can surely be seen to play a part in their struggles to find the net - three out of those four players are playing out of position.

Daniel Sturridge is the one individual starting in his favoured role, with Rooney and Welbeck both preferring to play up front and Sterling with much more game time as a wideman.

Welbeck worked hard against Italy, but made few attacking contributions, and may well be replaced by Lallana in the game with Uruguay.

Rooney of course, is a centre forward, and though it is the right decision to play Sturridge up top given his goalscoring form, if Hodgson is not going to play the United striker in the number ten role, it may be better to drop him from the side completely.

Switching Rooney for Sterling remains the one obvious solution to Hodgson's problems.

Raheem Sterling was the most impressive performer for England, showing the same fearlessness and threat that he has done throughout the season at Anfield. His ability to be danger from a more central position signals him out as the outstanding attacking wildcard of Roy Hodgson's squad, and should see him claim a role in the starting eleven whatever position it is. He is of course, more than capable playing on the flanks, featuring more times on the right wing for Liverpool than he did any other position last season. Switching him out wide, where he can still do damage with his pace and trickery is surely the best method to accommodate Rooney.

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