Slovakia versus England - Roy Hodgson makes changes for tonight's match 6 years ago

Slovakia versus England - Roy Hodgson makes changes for tonight's match

Given what happened in the second half against Wales last week, England fans might have expected a couple of changes from Roy Hodgson ahead of their final group match against Slovakia.

Trailing to Gareth Bale's free-kick, the England boss sent Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge on for the second 45 in Lens.

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Vardy levelled the match after being on the field a matter of moment, while Sturridge toe-poked a stoppage time winner home to leave England on the brink of qualification.

It looks to have been enough to secure the Leicester man and the Liverpool forward a starting berth in England's final group game.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has also won a place in the starting XI for the key clash alongside Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand in defence and Jordan Henderson in midfield as Hodgson made sweeping changes.

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A win would guarantee that England qualify for the last 16 as group winners. In theory, this should land them a more favourable draw in the next round, avoiding the other group winners.

A draw coupled with a win for Wales against Russia would see them qualify in second place. A defeat would see Slovakia finish above them in the group, but wouldn't necessarily see England exit the competition.

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The four best third placed finishes will also make the knockout stages... but let's not think about that unless we absolutely have to.