Steven Gerrard names his England team for Russia clash

England's Steven Gerrard

England take on Russia in their Euro 2016 opener on Saturday.

England's Steven GerrardEngland's Steven Gerrard

Writing for the Telegraph, former Liverpool and England captain has named the team he believes should star against Russia.

England opener their Euro 2016 campaign on Saturday with arguably their trickiest game of the group stage against the Russians.

England manager Roy HodgsonEngland manager Roy Hodgson

There is fierce debate about the line up that Roy Hodgson should select for the team, especially after the disappointing 1-0 win over Portugal last week.

Reports this week have suggested he is set to go with a 4-3-3 formation that may see Leicester City Jamie Vardy be dropped to the bench.

And now Gerrard has offered his thoughts to the Telegraph and named the team he would pick to start the tournament.

England's Gary Cahill in action with Turkey's Cenk TosunEngland's Gary Cahill in action with Turkey's Cenk Tosun

There are no surprises in goal as Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is in ahead of Fraser Forster.

Tottenham Hotspur stars ill up the full back positions as Kyle Walker is in at right back and Danny Rose is the chose left back.

At centre back the pairing is Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, with Everton man John Stones missing out. Gerrard does however admit that were the youngster in his best form, he would be selected ahead of Cahill.

England's Wayne Rooney in actionEngland's Wayne Rooney in action

Eric Dier fills the defensive midfield position, while Dele Alli is surprisingly partnered with captain Wayne Rooney in centre midfield.

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana is on the right wing, while Raheem Sterling of Manchester City gets a spot on the right wing despite a disappointing campaign. 

Up front it is Premier League top goalscorer Harry Kane, as Jamie Vardy finds himself missing out on a starting place in Gerrard's team. 

Harry Kane is the lone striker as Jamie Vardy misses out.

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