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Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy to start for England against Slovakia, says Jamie Carragher

Daniel Sturridge celebrates
Image: Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score the winner against Wales

Jamie Carragher thinks Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy could start against Slovakia after both scored in England's 2-1 win over Wales at Euro 2016 on Thursday.

The pair were introduced at half-time in Lens with England 1-0 down after Gareth Bale's 42nd-minute free-kick.

Vardy levelled the match with his fourth goal in five international appearances before Sturridge snatched an injury-time winner.

Former England defender Carragher thinks Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane could now both find their places under threat in England's final Group B game against Slovakia on Monday.

"I think Sterling will come out of the team and they have a big decision with Kane," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

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"They might leave Kane out and go with Sturridge and Vardy, with Sturridge wide right and Adam Lallana on the left. I think that's the way they may go.

"I'm a massive Kane fan but he hasn't been his normal self at the tournament and I think it's better if Sterling comes out of the team."

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The victory over Wales sees England move top of Group B and they are now on the brink of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Jamie Vardy of England celebrates scoring England's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales a
Image: Substitute Vardy drew England level in the second half

"It will give them a massive lift," said Carragher. "You think how the last-minute goal against Russia would have affected them. We only see the game, but it's how it affects the next days, and there will be an upbeat atmosphere.

"They go into the last game full of confidence and the atmosphere will be through the roof. There is no better way to win a game than scoring in the last minute."

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Former England manager Steve McClaren praised Roy Hodgson's substitutions

Carragher also said manager Roy Hodgson deserved credit for introducing both Vardy and Sturridge at half-time.

"Credit to the team and to Roy Hodgson," he said. "A lot of us were calling for them but it's easier said than done when you are the manager.

"He had to make the call and he had been criticised for his subs in the first game, but today they made a massive difference."

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