England 2-1 Australia: five talking points from the pre-Euro 2016 friendly

Roy Hodgson’s experiments with tactics and selection have mixed results, as Marcus Rashford comes good but Jack Wilshere and Eric Dier do not

It would seem logical to use these warm-up matches to let the probable first XI hone their teamwork in the likely starting formation, but instead Roy Hodgson initially asked fringe players to try out his second-choice tactics. There was nothing surprising about this: four years and a day earlier he picked a team to play Norway in a pre-Euro 2012 warmup that included just four members of his first starting lineup of the competition, and five players who never appeared in it at all. The formation was more vexing: on Sunday against Turkey Hodgson picked two strikers in Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy and asked them to play in a front three. Here he chose one, Marcus Rashford, and put him alongside Raheem Sterling. Both decisions had the effect of forcing tall, strong finishers into wide positions, to little obvious benefit. One Danny Drinkwater cross to Sterling, easily headed clear, while Rashford was out on the left wing, proved the point.

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