What is England’s strongest XI when everyone is fully fit? No Kane?

Roy Hodgson

Several players have dropped out of the latest England squad, but what is Roy Hodgson’s strongest team when everyone is available? Do Manchester United and Liverpool forwards mean Tottenham's Harry Kane should be on the bench?

Goalkeeper – Joe Hart

This man picks himself. Hart is by far and away England’s best goalkeeper and as he proved during a stunning performance away at Barcelona for Manchester City recently, he is capable of making strings of saves to keep his side in games.

Defence – Nathaniel Clyne, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Leighton Baines

With Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker out of form, Nathanial Clyne has grasped an opportunity with both hands to nail down the right-back slot. The Southampton man has been extremely consistent and could be the staple full-back for years to come.

England are not blessed with a great deal of options at centre back but Cahill appears to be guaranteed his place. Next to him is normally Phil Jagielka but Smalling’s form for Manchester United this term should see him start for his country.

On the other hand, Hodgson is spoilt for choice at left-back. Baines is first choice but behind him there are Kieran Gibbs, Luke Shaw and Danny Rose. Expect Shaw to be the long-term solution when he regains full fitness but for now, Baines is the most reliable option England have.

Midfield – Michael Carrick, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling

On paper, Carrick and Henderson complement each other superbly. The 33-year-old’s discipline and passing range combined with the Liverpool man’s energy and athleticism would appear to work and should be the steady partnership going into Euro 2016.

Ahead of him, the wide men pick themselves right now. Sterling and the currently injured Oxlade-Chamberlain would provide unbelievable pace, bags of youthful energy and an unpredictability factor which England have lacked for some time now.

Forwards – Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge

Rooney has impressed up front for Manchester United this term but with England’s plethora of attacking options, the captain, who is three goals away from equalling Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record, should play in behind a lone striker.

Danny Welbeck and Harry Kane will feel quite hard done by but Sturridge’s 40 goals in 65 games since joining Liverpool cannot be argued with. However, if Kane continues his remarkable form, it will be impossible not to select him regularly.

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