Pundits led by Gary Lineker admit their biggest fear for England this summer after Turkey win

Gary Lineker

The Three Lions beat Turkey 2-1 on Sunday evening in the first of their final Euro 2016 warm-up fixtures.

England began their final preparations for this summer European Championship in France with a 2-1 victory over Turkey at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening.

Harry Kane opened the scoring after barely three minutes, and despite an equaliser from the visitors and the Tottenham Hotspur striker missing a penalty, Jamie Vardy won the game for the Three Lions in the second half.

All in all, it was a mixed performance from Roy Hodgson's side, with plenty of reasons for optimism alongside one or two causes for concern with the tournament kick-off just weeks away.

The biggest worry for England supporters was at the back, where a defence consisting of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Gary Cahill, and Danny Rose often failed to deal convincingly with the visiting attack.

Turkey's equaliser was a hugely poor goal to concede, and the performances at the back - both as individuals and as a collective unit - need to improve drastically before England face a higher calibre of opposition n France.

Stones and Cahill both looked like players who have endured far from successful club seasons, whilst Walker and Rose were often exposed and put in performances characterised by often shaky positional play.

During and after the match, numerous pundits and ex-players expressed their anxiety on Twitter about the capabilities of England's backline to stand up to the test next month.

After only five minutes, former England hero Gary Lineker had begun to see a pattern emerging in the play.

His sentiments were echoed by other former stars including ex-England strikers Stan Collymore and Rodney Marsh.

Collymore then went on to point out something which might be key in tightening England's defence, suggesting that Tottenham star Eric Dier's presence in the holding role to protect the back four could be vital in France.

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