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How would the England Euro 2016 attack shape up in Football Manager?

Roy Hodgson faces a rather difficult task in selecting his best starting line-up for Euro 2016. There seems to be an abundance of talent in attack, and the best way to line up all these form players is a topic of much debate. From a Football Manager perspective, which line-up would have the potential to go all the way?

The first question is which formation would serve England best based on the talent that is available? With Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Marcus Rashford, and Wayne Rooney to choose from up-front, many would like to see Roy roll out some kind of variation on a 4-4-2, with two of these strikers playing up top and Rooney possibly occupying a midfield position.

Football Manager gamers have tested whether Rooney could adapt to a midfield role, and found that he does okay in the position. However, on the current Football Manager game, Rooney may be the best option to deploy alongside Sturridge up front, as the two players have better overall stats than the other strikers available. In fact, the creators of the game have actually apologised to Kane about his stats in the current issue, and admitted that they did not fully reflect his performances on the pitch.

"England striker Harry Kane" (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

Dele Alli looks a shoo-in to Hodgson’s starting XI, and he could be one of the main reasons that England are 11/10 at the time of writing to win their opening group game against Russia in the Euro 2016 matches betting. Alli would probably make the cut for a Football Manager side as well, as his stats on the game to begin with are excellent. In real life, he is most suited to the number 10 role, but in the game his all-round abilities mean he can play in any of the midfield positions. With crossing stats of 12, and acceleration of 15, he could be a handy player to deploy down the wing. This could accommodate Rooney in the hole and allow for the inclusion of Kane to partner Sturridge at the forefront.

Vardy could be an effective sub in the Euros to bring on against tired defences. The same could be the case in Football Manager, as his acceleration stats of 19 and overall speed is reasonably impressive. Rashford may also be a dark horse in this summer’s tournament, but his recent emergence means his stats on the latest game are not that great.

Raheem Sterling has endured a rather dismal season, and was out of action through injury for the final stages. Although he is in the provisional squad for France, he may not reach match fitness in time to be a viable starter. Even if he was fit, with other attacking midfielders like Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley enjoying fairly good form this season, he may not make the cut. In Football Manager, though, he would be an ideal addition to play down the left wing on the opposite side to Alli. He has great dribbling, crossing, and agility skills.

It may be apparent that selecting the best England line-up even for Football Manager is a headache, so good luck to Hodgson choosing a team that will go all the way in France!

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