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England are spoilt for choice after Roy Hodgson loads up on strikers

Manager belies reputation for conservatism by naming Euro 2016 squad in which only eight of 20 outfield players could be described as defence-minded

At the risk of sounding like a spoilsport, there has to be a possibility that Roy Hodgson’s decision to load five strikers into his Euro 2016 squad might ultimately be held against him if England’s tournament turns out to be as harrowing as when Kevin Keegan did the same in a different era.

That, however, does feel like a negative tone when Hodgson has been emboldened enough to fill a quarter of his outfield places with centre-forwards. Hodgson once voted for Javier Mascherano to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and cites Dave Sexton among the three greatest managers in history.

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