England 2-1 Wales

England had more possession in the first half, but could not make it count and failed to convert any of the chances they created. Wales went into half time with a lead courtesy of a 35 yard free kick by Gareth Bale. Hodgson made two substitutions at half time, bringing on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge for Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. It was Vardy who got the equaliser, bundling home from close range. England continued to dominate possession and apply pressure, but it took until the second minute of stoppage time for England to score the winner, with Sturridge poking home from close range.

Despite England controlling much of the first half, Wales were rarely troubled. Wales were content to allow England to have the ball in front of them and much of England’s play was slow. The changes at half time saw England’s tempo increase and Kane and Sterling, both of whom were poor in the first half, are under pressure for their places, especially at their replacements scored the goals. England go into their final group game at the top of the table against a dangerous Slovakian side. My starting XI for the game would be a diamond 4-4-2: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Dier, Alli, Lallana, Rooney; Sturridge, Vardy.

Who would make your starting XI?

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