Roy Hodgson’s starting line up for England’s first game against the Republic of Ireland in Ireland for 20 years has been announced, and there is no place in the eleven for any of three uncapped names in the squad.
Strikers Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin, and goalkeeper Tom Heaton – who have all been rewarded with their first call-ups following promising seasons in the Premier League – will begin the game on the bench. However, with it just being a friendly, and a much more important clash against Slovenia coming next week, it would certainly not be a surprise to see the two outfielders at least, be given their first cap.
Nonetheless, Hodgson’s desire to win the game is highlighted in the strength of the side he has selected for the clash at the Aviva Stadium.
Wayne Rooney starts the game just three strikes short of becoming the country’s all leading goalscorer. And he will predominantly be relying on the service of Liverpool pair Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling to help him get there. The Anfield duo are likely to playing just off the captain as part of a 4-3-3 formation.
Sitting behind the front three will be another Liverpool pair, as Jordan Henderson and newly-signed James Milner play alongside Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
Meanwhile, Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand will earn his fourth cap for the Three Lions.
Here is the full line ups for both England and the Republic of Ireland:
— FAI (@FAIreland) June 7, 2015