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Published: 18:50 | 19/6/16

Hodgson uncertain on striker selection

England boss considering all options ahead of Slovakia clash

England manager Roy Hodgson has not yet made a decision with regard to his striking options for Monday night's Euro 2016 encounter with Slovakia.

Harry Kane started up front against Wales on Thursday but with England 1-0 down to a Gareth Bale free-kick, the Tottenham Hotspur frontman was withdrawn at the interval, along with Raheem Sterling.

Half-time substitutes Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge both scored - the latter's goal arrived deep into injury time - as the English came from behind to snatch victory.

A draw with Slovakia will secure England's progress to the knockout phase, although Hodgson's men would be likely to go through even were they to suffer defeat on Monday night.

A win in St Etienne, though, will guarantee top spot in Group B, but Hodgson insists that he is yet to make a call on his attacking options.

"Jamie and Daniel did very well when they came on against Wales," the manager said at England's press conference on Sunday. "I'm sure they would like to start (against Slovakia).

"The options are there. We have spoken at length on many occasions about the options available, especially in the front positions, and nothing changes. It's a decision to be made."

There are concerns that Kane, who has underperformed so far in France, is struggling with fatigue following a long and demanding campaign with Spurs.

"I have spoken to Harry," Hodgson continued. "He has been very, very good in training over the last couple of days.

"I don't think he is suffering any more from the season than any other who has played on a regular basis."

England will be hoping that Vardy can maintain his focus at the Euros, after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed on Sunday that he expects the much-travelled striker to remain at champions Leicester City for next season.

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