Predicted England line-up to face Russia: One change from last friendly win

England manager Roy Hodgson

England boss Roy Hodgson has plenty of options ahead of his side's Euro 2016 Group B opener.

England Training - EURO 2016

England will be looking for their first win from their opening game of a major tournament in 10 years when they take on Russia in their Euro 2016 Group B opener in Marseille on Saturday.

Not since the 2006 World Cup in Germany have England started their campaign with a victory, where they beat Paraguay 1-0 in Frankfurt.

Roy Hodgson is hoping his side can break that particular duck but the current England boss has a few things to ponder ahead of the game. 

England manager Roy Hodgson arrives

His side have played three friendlies since the conclusion of the regular football season - beating Turkey, Australia and Portugal on home soil - although the manner of the victories have been far from convincing. 

It would have been logical to conclude that Hodgson may have liked much of his starting XI from the final friendly win over Portugal to make up much of the starting line-up for this weekend's opener, even if there were some experiments both in the midfield and up front.

While England will be hungry to get off to a winning start against arguably their toughest opponent in Group B, it is imperative that they do not lose their opener.

Here is how England may line up:

With Ryan Bertand struggling with a slight muscle injury it seems that Danny Rose is almost certain to take the left-back position, and for pace on both flanks, his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Kyle Walker is likely to provide the width from the other full back slot on the right. It seems it would take something a little drastic to change the centre-back partnership of Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill, meaning John Stones will miss out.

In midfield, Eric Dier seems more or less assured of his starting place shielding the back four and James Milner and Dele Alli could be either side to make up a midfield three.

A lot of eyebrows were raised at Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane playing as a front three at Wembley against Portugal - with many suggesting it did not work.

Hodgson seems intent on accommodating his captain - who could start off in a left-sided position like he did in the World Cup opener against Italy in Brazil two years ago, where he provided an assist for Daniel Sturridge's goal on that occasion. 

England Training - EURO 2016

It seems highly unlikely that Harry Kane will not be given a starting berth, but Adam Lallana may replace Vardy in the starting XI.

Although unspectacular, Lallana has impressed for Liverpool during the second part of the season, and could give Hodgson that element of flexibility that could allow England to revert to a normal 4-4-2 should they wish to or even a diamond formation - with Alli pushed to the tip of the diamond behind the front men. 

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