England face Slovakia in the third and final 2016 UEFA European Championship Group B match, a match that will stream live Monday and will determine England’s immediate future in the 2016 Euro tournament. But despite the importance of the Slovakia showdown, England Manager Roy Hodgson has reportedly elected to take a tremendous gamble with his starting XI selection.
According to reports in the British press over the weekend, Hodgson plans to leave out, most dramatically, team captain Wayne Rooney — and as many as five other star players, even though a loss for England could see them out of the competition altogether.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 19, 2016
England appear probable to qualify for the knockout stage even if they lose, but in that case, would finish in third place in the group and be forced to face a world elite opponent in the Round of 16, meaning they could still face an early exit from the 2016 UEFA Euro — an exit that would likely cost Hodgson his job.
The manager’s contract is up after this year’s Euros, and English Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke has stated on the record that Hodgson must lead his team at least to the semifinals in order to receive a renewal offer.
According to the media reports, in addition to Rooney, Hodgson is also planning to bench striker Harry Kane as well as Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, Delle Alli and Danny Rose.
Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy will likely take on the dual attacking role, after each scoring one of the two goals off the bench in the 2-1 England victory over Wales.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 19, 2016
Watch a preview of the England vs. Slovakia match in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the England vs. Slovakia 2016 UEFA Euro Group B final match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in St. Etienne, France, on Monday, June 20.
For fans in the United Kingdom, that start time will be 8 p.m.. Viewers in the United States can catch the live stream starting at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Pacific.
Hodgson, for his part, claims that his contract status has played no role in his decision-making process leading into the England vs. Slovakia showdown.
“My contract runs out after this tournament. Everyone knows that. On a regular basis the subject gets brought up: should I stay? Do I want to stay? What should the FA do?” Hodgson said on Sunday. “We’re only concentrating on winning the next game to see how far we can go, whether that’s the last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals or final.”
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To watch the England Vs. Slovakia 2016 UEFA Euro Group B final match live stream, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the crucial match on mobile devices.
Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the match via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, which carries the 2016 UEFA Euro group stage match, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the England Vs. Slovakia match stream live online.
Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a live stream of the England Vs. Slovakia UEFA Euro 2016 group stage third and final match can view the game using ITV Hub at this link or use the ITV Hub app which is available on Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain. The live radio broadcast stream from BBC Radio 5 is available in any country by clicking on this link.
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