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Stones, Vardy, Shelvey To Start For England

England goes up against San Marino on Saturday and John Stones, Jamie Vardy and Jonjo Shelvey will be in the starting lineup according to manager Roy Hodgson.

The England manager revealed that these three players will be given the chance from start as England tries to secure a place in the Euro 2016 tournament in France next summer. England tops Group E with 18 points after six straight wins.

Vardy, 28, will make his second appearance for England and it will be his first game in the starting lineup. The Leicester striker has scored twice in four Premier League games this season.

Stones, 21, will get a chance to play in his more natural position as center back. Hodgson spoke about Stones and was pleased with his performances for Everton to start the season.

“John is going to play tomorrow night, so that’s an opportunity, Hodgson told The Guardian. “He played magnificently for us at right-back a year ago when we beat Switzerland in Basel, but he’s played very well as a centre-back at Everton.

“It’s good to have a player of that type capable of playing in two positions. All I can hope is he continues to impress. He’s done exceptionally well, and the way he’s handled [the transfer issue] has been fantastic. He’s been 100% concentrated, focused and motivated to play since he’s been with us. He’s accepted an offer went in for him from another club, but his club didn’t want to sell. That won’t affect him.”

Shelvey, 23, will make his second appearance for England, and just like for Vardy, it will be his first game in the starting lineup. The Swansea City midfielder has been impressive as Swansea has had a phenomenal start to the season and sits in fourth place with eight points after four games.

In addition to the game against San Marino, England will play Switzerland on Tuesday.

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