Roy Hodgson has named the England side that will face Slovenia in Sunday evening’s Euro 2016 qualifying match, and two Arsenal stars have made the team, as reported by the Daily Star.
Hodgson made three changes from the side that drew with Ireland in disappointing fashion, with Kieran Gibbs one of the players coming in – alongside Andros Townsend and Fabian Delph.
Jack Wilshere unsurprisingly retains his place in the heart of midfield, with the 23-year-old arguably being England’s best player in recent games.
There is no place for Theo Walcott however, who must settle for a starting spot on the bench. The England boss has instead plumped for Raheem Sterling, despite the Liverpool winger struggling for form.
Walcott has been fantastic recently, both for club and country. He was free-scoring in the closing games of our season, and looked excellent coming on as a substitute in England’s recent matches.
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He may well see some action at some point during the game, but he will presumably be disappointed that Hodgson didn’t opt to field him from the start.
The full starting lineup is:
Hart, Jones, Gibbs, Henderson, Cahill, Smalling, Wilshere, Delph, Sterling, Rooney, Townsend
Bertrand, Green, Walcott, Jagielka, Milner, Lallana, Austin, Cleverley, Barkley, Vardy, Clyne, Heaton