Wilkins picks England XI for Euro 2016, selects five Spurs players

Former England international Ray Wilkins thinks that Roy Hodgson should select five Tottenham Hotspur players for England's Euro 2016 clash with Russia.

Ray Wilkins has said on Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 23 at 10.15am, that Tottenham Hotspur should have five representatives in England's starting lineup for their opening Euro 2016 clash with Russia.

Selection for the national team squad is currently up for debate with England facing both Germany and the Netherlands in international friendlies in the coming days, but Wilkins has suggested that a quintet from White Hart Lane should be preferred in the first XI, rather than just occupying a place in the 23-man group.

In a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond in midfield, Wilkins feels that Kyle Walker and Danny Rose should play either side of a central-defensive partnership of Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling.

Wilkins said: "I think Rose and Walker at Tottenham have been absolutely outstanding, and by playing this system as well, they would give you the width down the outside."


Further forward, Eric Dier has been chosen in the holding position, with Spurs teammate Dele Alli operating in the right-hand side of the diamond. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has been selected on the left with Three Lions skipper Wayne Rooney at the tip of the diamond.


In attack, Wilkins feels that Harry Kane - who has scored 24 goals for Spurs in all competitions - should be partnered by Leicester City frontman Jamie Vardy.

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