England predicted XI - Portugal: How will Roy Hodgson's side line-up in their final friendly?

The Three Lions face a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal this evening, but who will start?

England predicted XI - Portugal: How will Roy Hodgson's side line-up in their final friendly?
Marcus Rashford and a collection of England players celebrating his goal in England's 2-1 win over Australia. | Photo: Graham Chadwick

The country awaits once again as England prepare for their final Euro 2016 warm up game when Roy Hodgson’s side welcome Portugal to Wembley Stadium.

It is expected that Hodgson will play his XI that will start against Russia next Saturday and, with that in mind, here is a prediction of what tonight's team will be.

Cahill to partner Smalling

Joe Hart rightfully sat out of the game against the Australians at the Stadium of Light, with Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton both having sometime between the sticks on Wearside, but he is expected to come back in against Portugal and is expected to start in France.

At right-back, there was some serious concern with Nathaniel Clyne having sat out of training earlier in the week with injury, but the full-back is expected to make his return under the arch having impressed in previous friendlies.

In the middle, Gary Cahill has been a solid figure all season for Chelsea and the country expects him to do the same. He proved this in the friendly with Turkey and is expected to lead the line on the continent come next week.

There was some concern and slight scrutiny for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling having been sent off in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace and, despite John Stones impressing in both of the previous friendlies, it is expected that Smalling will get his opportunity at Wembley having proven solid at the Stadium of Light.

Having picked up man of the match against Turkey despite his mistake for the goal, and impressed again at his old stomping ground - the Stadium of Light, Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose is expected to start again and will be hopeful to continue his excellent season on the continent.

Shining midfield diamond

Another member of Mauricio Pochettino’s side expected to start against the Portuguese is Eric Dier, who will be looking to redeem himself having replaced Smalling, who limped off with cramp on Wearside, and put the ball into his own net almost instantaneously.

There has been some controversy over the inclusion of Jack Wilshere in the final 23-man squad by Hodgson, with many calling for Danny Drinkwater to be in his place due to the lack of Wilshere’s game time, but he has impressed in the friendlies so far and should start tonight.

People also scrutinised the inclusion of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, with him having failed to impress during his first season at the Etihad Stadium after his big money move from Liverpool, but he has been impressive in the friendlies - especially against Australia - and looked to have a budding relationship with youngster Marcus Rashford.

Having lifted his first FA Cup trophy at Wembley, the country’s skipper is expected to make a return to the England squad having come off the bench on Wearside and made an instant impact with the second goal against Australia. With that in mind, hopes will be high to what Wayne Rooney will do with a start at Wembley, just behind the front two.

Vardy and Kane to lead the line

Jamie Vardy has passed so many expectations this campaign both for club and country and looked to be the real deal on the international level with his winner against Turkey. Having just tied the knot, many will hope that he can perform on the international stage once again.

The country’s expectations, however, lay on the shoulders of Harry Kane after another excellent season at White Hart Lane. Despite his penalty miss at the Etihad, he will look to continue his budding relationship with Vardy and get some more goals under his belt.

Can Kane find the target in England's big send off? (Photo: Ian Hodgson)