By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Five Tottenham players are in line to start England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia, according to a report.
The Times claim Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are expected to all be selected by manager Roy Hodgson for the clash on Saturday night.
It is said Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana will also be recalled to provide support for Wayne Rooney and spearhead Kane in a new-look England team.
With Rooney expected to play behind Kane, that will be mean Alli is pushed into a deeper midfield role alongside Spurs team-mate and close friend Dier.
Walker is set to be given the nod over Nathaniel Clyne to start at right-back, while injury problems for Bertrand mean Rose will play at left-back.
Alli’s role will be a frustration for some Tottenham fans, who have watched the 20-year-old blossom this season, particularly in the second half of the campaign when he was used by Mauricio Pochettino into a No10 role.
Hodgson has deployed his players in several different systems in training this week, but is thought to be leaning towards dumping the diamond formation that he experimented with against Portugal last week.
The manager’s plans will be finalised at England’s last training session in Chantilly on Friday morning before the squad fly to Marseilles in the afternoon.
Among the players set to miss out are Leicester sensation Jamie Vardy, Liverpool duo James Milner and Jordan Henderson, and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
The players are likely to deployed in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation.
Team: Hart; Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Rose; Dier, Alli; Lallana, Rooney, Sterling; Kane.
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