Clarence Seedorf advises Hodgson over Sturridge or Rooney selection

Legendary Netherlands attacker believes England boss must hold either Liverpool or Manchester United striker back for World Cup match with Uruguay.

In order to capitalise on the depth of a squad containing a number of "firework" players, England must take inspiration from the example set by Argentina by leaving an experienced impact athlete on the bench so that the fresher footballer is able to change a game late in the second half by taking advantage of an opponents tired legs.

That is the view of Netherlands legend Clarence Seedorf, who is currently in Brazil to analyse the World Cup for the BBC.

England were edged by a 2-1 score when they competed against Italy in Manaus last week, with manager Roy Hodgson naming what was, effectively, his first choice XI. However, Seedorf believes there is merit in naming one of the marquee names as a substitute, with the intention being to bring the player on after an hour.

The Three Lions face a must-win situation this evening as they take on Uruguay in their second game in Group D - and Seedorf says for Hodgson, it must be a case of one or the other when it comes to Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney.

"Saturday was the first time in a long time that I have seen an England team play attractive football," commented Seedorf to the Daily Mail, before marveling at the pace and ingenuity of Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling. "I really enjoyed their performance, despite the result. They played with real flair, particularly Sterling.

"But if England are to make a real mark on this tournament, either Wayne Rooney or Daniel Sturridge needs to start the match against Uruguay on the bench. Yes, it is a tough decision for Roy Hodgson to leave one of them out but they both play the same position. There would also then be the advantage of bringing one of them off the bench to change the game."

He added: "You need to keep back one of your ‘firework’ players for when the opposition are tiring — Argentina did it well with Gonzalo Higuain against Bosnia."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain trained this week without his knee support but will not likely feature so that he is best preserved for the final Group D game against Costa Rica. Aside from the Arsenal star, Hodgson has a full roster to select from.

England and Uruguay face-off at the Arena de Sao Paulo.

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