Merson predicts England v Slovakia, wants Kane and Sterling dropped

England's Harry Kane

Paul Merson wants to see Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling out of the England line-up to face Slovakia.

England's Harry KaneEngland's Harry Kane

Former player Paul Merson backs England to defeat Slovakia 2-0 in their final group B encounter and makes a case for Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling to be dropped to the bench, Sky Sports report.

Kane experienced another wonderful individual campaign for Tottenham Hotspur last term, scoring an impressive 25 goals as he appeared in all 38 Premier League matches.

His desire, energy and passion cannot be questioned, but a long season with Spurs does seem to have taken its toll somewhat as he has struggled to get going at the European Championship in France.

England's Raheem SterlingEngland's Raheem Sterling

Alongside Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Kane hasn’t made much of a positive impact thus far at the European Championship, and Merson wants to see the duo left out against Slovakia.

“Roy Hodgson has got to make some changes for this game. We are there for the long haul, so he needs to use the 23-man squad,” Merson explained to Sky Sports.

“I would leave Harry Kane out, not because he is a bad player, but because he looks tired. I want to see Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge starting this game, with Raheem Sterling also left out.

“I'm taking a bit of a risk by saying they will keep a clean sheet in this game, but I think England will win to win the group. 2-0.”

England's Jamie VardyEngland's Jamie Vardy

England trailed Wales 1-0 at half-time in their last encounter, but the half-time introduction of forwards Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge gave them extra impetus in the final third.

Both the Leicester City and Liverpool forwards grabbed the goals to complete the comeback, and many supporters now will be hopeful the duo get the chance to start against Slovakia.

The Three Lions’ passage to the knockout stages is all-but secure regardless of the outcome of this game, but Roy Hodgson will want a victory to both top the group and potentially face easier opposition in the next round.

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goalEngland's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring a goal

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