His faith in
Terry to turn to these days and while Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill have formed a partnership of sorts, plenty of question marks remain.
The same can be levelled against a midfield in which much will be expected of Dier and Alli, though it is arguably Jordan Henderson who has the key role to play in ensuring the youthful exuberance around him does not bubble over.
Jack Wilshere may, or may start the tournament but
Delivery lacks quality but better defender than right-back rival Walker
Trusted to follow orders, his creativity in final third will be important
Incredible rise shows no sign of slowing down. Starter or impact sub? not, his influence will be needed if Hodgson’s men are to go deep into the finals.
England will be expected to perform with style. And the challenge to win Euro 2016 will still be laid down by the usual suspects.
World Cup holders Germany, hosts France and a Spain team seeking a third consecutive successes following on from 2008 and 2012, will hope to prevail in Paris on July 10.
England have youth on their side but will need luck to join them.
Goes into tournament with question marks over both his form and fitness
Poor end to Everton season but scored more goals than Alli in all competitions
Started the World Cup two years ago but featured just twice since due to injury
Emerged as first-choice centre-back after World Cup. Now is not time for backward step
Fearless and with eye for a goal and a pass, has cemented himself in England’s plans
Seduced England with late-season heroics. Interesting to see how many minutes he gets
After a difficult domestic season, he must seize chance if required to step in
Will this tournament provide lift-off for injury-disrupted England career? Roy Hodgson This is his third major tournament as England manager, having also led Switzerland, the UAE and Finland in a long and varied career. Has also taken charge of club sides in no fewer than seven different countries BACK-ROOM BOYS: RAY LEWINGTON (assistant manager) Worked with Hodgson at Fulham before England job; GARY NEVILLE (first team coach) After failed spell at Valencia he is back as player/management liaison; DAVE WATSON (goalkeeper coach); GARY LEWIN (physio); CHRIS NEVILLE (fitness); MARK SERTORI (masseur); IAN BEASLEY (doctor).