LONDON, Sept 2 England manager Sam Allardyce will make three changes for his first match in charge against Slovakia on Sunday in their opening Group F qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, British media reported on Friday.
Defender John Stones plus midfielders Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are recalled, replacing Chris Smalling, Dele Alli and Daniel Sturridge from the team that suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the last 16 at Euro 2016.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has left Manchester City for Torino on a season-long loan after falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola, keeps his place for the game at Trnava's City Arena.
Manchester City's new 47.5 million pounds ($63.14 million) signing Stones, who did not feature at the Euros in France, will partner Cahill in central defence, with Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker and Danny Rose retained in the fullback positions.
Eric Dier holds on to the defensive midfield role alongside Henderson, with captain Wayne Rooney, who will become England's most capped outfield player surpassing David Beckham's 115, in an attacking role just behind forward Harry Kane.
Raheem Sterling and Lallana will play on the flanks.
Joe Hart; Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, John Stones, Danny Rose; Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson; Adam Lallana, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane
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