John Barnes picks England lineup for Russia clash

England's Kyle Walker shoots

Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea stars feature in John Barnes’s England team to face Russia at the Euro 2016 finals.

England's Kyle Walker shoots

Former Liverpool and Newcastle United winger John Barnes has picked the England starting lineup for the game against Russia in France on

England will take on Russia in their opening Euro 2016 Group B game at Stade Velodrome in Marseille next Saturday.

The Three Lions will be expected by many to win the match and enhance their chances of progressing past the group stage.

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne in action with Sevilla's Sergio Escudero

Former England international star Barnes has picked the Three Lions' team that he thinks should start against Russia.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, Liverpool duo Nathaniel Clyne and Jordan Henderson, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, Tottenham stars Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney, and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere feature.

Barnes wrote on “It’s hard to choose an XI for the opening game of the competition against Russia, but assuming every player is fit, this would be my first choice XI:

“Joe Hart; Nathaniel Clyne, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose; Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Dele Alli; Wayne Rooney; Harry Kane.”

Most England fans would agree with Barnes’s team, although perhaps Tottenham defender Walker should be ahead of Liverpool’s Clyne at right-back.

Walker has had a better season than Clyne in the Premier League and is in better form. One could even argue that the Tottenham right-back is a better player overall than Clyne.

England's Kyle Walker in action with Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu

The inclusion of Arsenal midfielder Wilshere is also debatable, especially as he did not play much football this past season.

While Wilshere is fully fit and is trying his best, perhaps for the first game, England head coach Roy Hodgson should not include him in the starting lineup.

England's Jack Wilshere during training

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