England dropouts gives Spurs star chance of Italy start
After the important business of Lithuania was taking care of during this international break, a return to the normal routine of squad dropouts has returned to the England set up now friendlies are on the agenda.
Raheem Sterling was already going to be rested for the trip to Italy, due to a toe injury, but Roy Hodgson has since revealed that Leighton Baines, Danny Welbeck and James Milner will all join the Liverpool flyer in his unavailability.
The added absence of Welbeck and Milner to Sterling means Hodgson now only has Theo Walcott and Andros Townsend to pick from on the wings.
Considering the former Fulham boss has employed a 4-3-3 system of late, the shortage of touchline huggers could see England either ditch that tactic in favour of their previously tested 4-4-2 diamond, or at least switch to it at some point in Turin.
The diamond formation should allow Ryan Mason to make his international bow. Especially as only he and Ross Barkley can fit into that system of the players yet to be used extensively during the international break.
Barkley could play at the tip behind Wayne Rooney and sure-to-start new hero Harry Kane, while Mason can easily replace the energetic game that Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph provide.
It could be that all of Spurs’ remaining squad members – Danny Rose dropped out through injury – start against Italy, with Kyle Walker likely to deputise for Nathaniel Clyne at right back after the Southampton man started at Wembley.
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