New England manager Sam Allardyce revealed on Friday the starting lineup for his first game in charge of the Three Lions, a World Cup Qualifying match against Slovakia on Sunday. Allardyce made three changes to the team that lost to Iceland in Euro 2016, and he hopes to lead the English Team to victory and good football.
Three Manchester City players have been included in Allardyce's lineup. Joe Hart will play in Serie A this season but remains a City player in our hearts, and he remains the starting goalkeeper for England at least for this game. John Stones is rewarded for an impressive start to the season with a national team start in defense, replacing Chris Smalling as Gary Cahill's center-back partner.
Raheem Sterling has been deeply criticized for his last performances for England, but he began to silence the haters with a few spectacular games for Pep Guardiola in August, and his great form earns him a start on the wings for Allardyce's side. Sterling hopes to replicate on Sunday the same level of play he has shown at City, and begin to regain the trust of England fans.
This is the starting lineup named by Allardyce on Friday:
Kyle Walker - Gary Cahill - John Stones - Danny Rose
Eric Dier - Jordan Henderson
Adam Lallana - Wayne Rooney - Raheem Sterling
Is it good enough to beat Slovakia? Sure is, but the team that played against Iceland was also good enough, right? Yeah, football is crazy like that.