The Three Lions arrive into the tournament as the only team to have won all of their qualifying fixtures, and have since claimed victories over Turkey, Australia and Portugal in their warm-up games.
Many are thinking the England coach Roy Hodgson will face selection headache as they prepare for their first game in the EURO 2016 competition. Wayne Rooney revealed to the press that the team as a whole is focused on the task ahead, “You can sense the excitement around the team and around the team hotel, and I think you sense that excitement around the country,” he said.
Artem Dzyuba is a major threat to the England defence, although Smalling has admitted that it will be tough to stop Dzyuba, he also revealed that he has watched his videos and will manage to stop the big man. “We have been watching videos this week. He [Dzyuba] is a big guy and it will be a physical battle,” he said.
Russia faces lots of Injury problems, with Igor Donisov one of their five notable absentees from their squad, joining Alan Dzagoev, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Zhirkov and Oleg Kuzmin on the sidelines.
The Russian Coach Leonld Slutskl, Stated that they aren’t all familiar with the England team and might delay the announcement of their starting lineup, “If we knew the English team today, it would be a bit easier for us. Therefore we are using the same logic in our preparations by naming the starting line-up as late as possible.”, he said.
Leonld also acknowledged the ability of prolific striker Artem Dzyuba, “Dzyuba scored 29 goals in all competitions last season and was one of the top scorers in the group stage of the Champions League. He has a number of great qualities aside from his height.”
England: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Dier, Alli; Lallana, Rooney, Sterling; Kane.
Russia: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Golovin, Neustädter; Smolov, Shatov, Kokorin; Dzyuba.
Doubtful: Glushakov (muscle strain), Torbinski (virus)
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)