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Vardy, Sturridge must start for England: Shearer

Paris, June 17: Former England striker Alan Shearer believes that head coach Roy Hodgson must start with Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge up front against Slovakia in their last group stage European Football Championship clash here on Monday.

Vardy and Sturridge came off the bench to score a goal each to help England beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday.

“I think Roy Hodgson will start with Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge up front against Slovakia — he has to,” Shearer was quoted as saying by BBC on Friday.

“This is not the end of Harry Kane’s tourment and he still has a big part to play at Euro 2016. But after the impact Vardy and Sturridge made off the bench to help England beat Wales, I can’t see him starting our fil game in Group B,” he said.

“Roy will have to find a system to fit two players up top in Vardy and Sturridge but they don’t both have to play as out-and-out strikers.”

After drawing 1-1 against Russia in their Euro opener, England came back strongly from a goal down to beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday. IANS

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