England predicted XI vs Iceland: How Roy Hodgson's men should line-up against Iceland

We take a look at how Roy Hodgson's men should line up against Iceland in the Euro 2016 Last 16 match on Monday.

England predicted XI vs Iceland: How Roy Hodgson's men should line-up against Iceland
Rooney should be back into the side to face Iceland (Photo: Getty Images)

The hopes of an expecting nation rest on the shoulders of England's young side, and with the second placed finish, they have it all to do on the side of the draw they are on. Monday’s game against Iceland in the Last 16 gives Roy Hodgson’s men the chance to put the goalless draw with Slovakia behind them and focus on getting through to the quarter-finals.

The manager made six changes to the side in the final group game, and we are expecting almost as many changes to be made once more. Ahead of the game, VAVEL takes a look at who should start for England in this make-or-break clash in Nice.

Will Walker or Clyne get the nod to start on Monday? (Photo: Getty Images)
Will Walker or Clyne get the nod to start at right-back on Monday? (Photo: Getty Images)

Walker and Rose to come back in

Joe Hart is expected to start in goal once more, with the Manchester City man looking to keep his second clean-sheet of the tournament against Iceland, and in the process giving his side all the chances they need to go through to the quarter-finals.

Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were both dropped for the last match, for Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand, but we are thoroughly expecting both of them to slot back into their preferred roles.

The full-backs were greatly missed against Slovakia, as the pair provide an attacking threat, but also manage to defend well when they are called upon. In the middle, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling are the preferred central partnership for Hodgson, but he also has John Stones in his squad, who could slot in if needs be.

What appeared to be a shaky back line in the pre-tournament matches, hasn’t really been tested enough to say whether or not they will be able to cope against the likes of Spain or Germany.

Rooney started on the bench for the Slovakia match (Photo: Getty Images)
Rooney started on the bench for the Slovakia match (Photo: Getty Images)

Rooney and Alli for Henderson and Wilshere

Big question marks remain over the fitness of Jack Wilshere, and after his questionable performance against Slovakia, we are expecting him to drop back out of the side. Jordan Henderson will, more than likely, be doing the exact same, with captain Wayne Rooney, who has impressed in his new midfield role, and Dele Alli coming back into the midfield.

Having led the side from the front against Russia and Wales, it came as a surprise when it was announced that Rooney would be rested against Slovakia, but he has given his manager the vote of confidence this week, saying he respected and backed the decision.

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier has been sensational in front of the backline so far, and there is no doubt - fitness permitting - that he will play against Iceland on Monday. After the superb free-kick, which gave England the lead against Russia, Dier has gone from strength to strength in the tournament.

Kane hasn't scored a goal at Euro 2016 yet, will that change on Monday? (Photo: Getty Images)
Kane hasn't scored a goal at Euro 2016 yet, will that change on Monday if he features? (Photo: Getty Images)

Vardy and Kane to lead line

Hodgson went with the front three of Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana against Sturridge and we are expecting just the one change for the front line. VAVEL are expecting Liverpool forward Sturridge to start on the bench and Harry Kane, who played in the opening two group games, to come back into the side.

Vardy and Sturridge turned the game around for the Three Lions against Wales, after they came off the substitutes' bench at half-time, but they never really linked up well in the goalless draw against Slovakia. Kane will give England an attacking outlet, who isn’t afraid to shoot from anywhere, and that is something which they lacked in the group stages. However, they need to be more clinical in-front of goal, and they will certainly need to do that against Iceland otherwise they will be on the plane home.