England XI without injured duo: Harry Kane replaces Arsenal star in experimental 3-5-2 formation

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A look at how England could line up against Italy with ESPN reporting news of injuries to both Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling, allowing for Roy Hodgson to possibly experiment with his tactics and include in-form youngster Harry Kane from the start.

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Here’s our pick for how the Three Lions could take to the field against Antonio Conte’s side, in a 3-5-2 formation not dissimilar to the one used by Manchester United this season:

GK: Joe Hart

Continuing in goal for England, Manchester City star Joe Hart deserves to keep his place as number one for Hodgson’s side.

DC: Phil Jones

After a solid performance against Lithuania, Phil Jones is a good candidate to continue as part of the defence, having played in a back three for Manchester United this season.

DC: Gary Cahill

Always first choice for England, Chelsea’s Gary Cahill should remain one of the three centre-backs for this big game against the Italians.

DC: Chris Smalling

Another United player who should slot in well to an adjusted backline, Chris Smalling could join Jones and Cahill as an additional central defender on Tuesday night.

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