England has secured a spot in the Euro 2016 tournament in France next summer after the 6-0 win over San Marino, allowing Roy Hodgson to experiment with his side.
England has been steamrolling through Group E in the qualifiers for Euro 2016, topping the group on 21 points after seven straight wins. The Three Lions has secured a spot in the tournament as they can’t fall more than to second place in the group even if they lose the remaining three matches against Switzerland, Estonia and Lithuania.
This gives national team head coach Roy Hodgson an opportunity to experiment with his side and give some players that usually aren’t in the starting lineup a chance to show Hodgson what they’re made of.
“I’m not sure early qualification gives us any particular advantage because we are going to take a lot of time to plan and improve anyway,” Hodgson told The Daily Mail. “What it could do is give me the opportunity for experimentation because we did not get that ahead of the World Cup when we had to win our last two qualifiers to get to Brazil.”
One player that could take advantage of this is Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. Shelvey, 23, got the chance from start against San Marino, and although that wasn’t the toughest of opponents, Shelvey gave a good account of himself.
“I thought Jonjo showed real maturity out there,” hodgson said. “We all know what he can do with his passes and with his capacity to find passes, but I also thought he was extremely assured in possession.
“He was excellent.”