Belfast Telegraph

Rooney axed in bold move by Hodgson

By Mark Ogden

Roy Hodgson is set to take a major gamble on England's Euro 2016 aspirations by resting Wayne Rooney for tonight's crucial Group B clash against Slovakia.

England must claim at least a point against the Slovaks to secure qualification for the knock-out stages.

But despite the prospect of a showdown with Germany or Spain in the next round if England lose in Saint Etienne and finish third in the group, Hodgson is ready to make as many as six changes to the team which started last Thursday's 2-1 win against Wales.

And England captain Rooney is the most high profile name set to miss the Slovakia game, with Hodgson keen to refresh his squad ahead of the knock-out stages.

Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere will replace Rooney and Dele Alli in midfield with two new full-backs and Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge starting the game.

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