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Allardyce set to keep eight players from the side that lost to Iceland for his first game in charge

England take on Slovakia tomorrow night in a World Cup qualifier.

Allardyce left his job with Sunderland to become England manager.
Allardyce left his job with Sunderland to become England manager.
Image: Simon Cooper

NEW ENGLAND MANAGER Sam Allardyce is set to make just three changes to the side that were sent crashing out of Euro 2016 by Iceland.

It has been reported, Manchester United’s Chris Smalling will be replaced by Manchester City’s summer recruit John Stones, while Jordan Henderson is coming in for Dele Alli, with Liverpool’s Adam Lallana set to oust his club teammate Daniel Sturridge for the match against Slovakia.

Joe Hart, who sealed his loan move to Serie A side before the end of the window, keeps his place in the side, despite a couple of high-profile mistakes during the tournament.

With back-up goalkeepers Jack Butland and Fraser Forster missing from the squad through injury, Allardyce’s options in goal were limited.

Captain Wayne Rooney will earn his 116th England cap, overtaking David Backham in the appearance list, to make the Manchester United skipper England’s most capped outfield player.

England are also joined in Group F by Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

Expected England XI: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose; Henderson, Dier; Sterling, Rooney, Lallana; Kane.

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