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England v Portugal preview: Hodgson's final warm-up game before Euro 2016
By Eurosport

02/06/2016 at 10:05Updated 02/06/2016 at 11:06

England entertain Portugal at Wembley in their final warm-up match before Euro 2016. Here's all you need to know ahead of the international friendly.

After the dust has settled from Tuesday's final squad announcement, England will have the opportunity to put the finishing touches to their preparation for Euro 2016 with a mouth-watering friendly against Portugal at Wembley.

Quiet optimism is dangerously close to spilling over into unrealistic expectations as usual, though without a clear favourite this year, Hodgson has every reason to feel confident.

Portugal continue to construct a side around Cristiano Ronaldo under Fernando Santos, though the Real Madrid star's concession that he was fatigued after the Champions League final is bound to concern their fans with their hopes resting as always on the former Manchester United winger.

With Ronaldo resting up though, it offers an opportunity for the rest of the squad to prove their worth, while Hodgson will look to see a sturdier defence to better compliment one of the tournament's most outstanding strike forces.

WHEN IS THE MATCH?

Kick off is at 19.45 on Thursday June 2.

WHERE IS IT BEING PLAYED?

The match will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

This is England's final game before Euro 2016 and the first look at the Three Lions since Hodgson announced his final 23 to go to France. This friendly should tell us a lot about what Hodgson has planned for the tournament and how he will look to set up for the first game against Russia next Saturday.

Whether you agree with the selection or not, it is undeniable that Jack Wilshere, when fully fit, is a phenomenal player and the Arsenal midfielder will be desperate to improve his fitness even more with some minutes against Portugal.

Marcus Rashford's incredible rise continues after his inclusion in the final squad, but with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney also selected, will Hodgson be able to offer him a role?

England's Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and James Milner during training

England's Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and James Milner during trainingReuters

CAN I WATCH IT ON TV?

Yes - the match will be televised on ITV in the UK. Build-up will begin from 7:30pm UK time.

CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?

TEAM NEWS

England have cut Andros Townsend, Danny Drinkwater and Fabian Delph from the preliminary squad, while Daniel Sturridge is a doubt with a calf problem.

Gary Cahill should recover after a hip complaint, though Chris Smalling might not be risked after coming off with cramp in last week's 2-1 win over Australia.

Dele Alli sat out the last friendly, so one imagines the Spurs midfielder will play here and look to strike up a connection with Wilshere in midfield, with the Arsenal star looking for his third consecutive start for England as he builds back up to full fitness.

Marcus Rashford celebrates with Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson after scoring the first goal for England

Marcus Rashford celebrates with Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson after scoring the first goal for EnglandReuters

Santos will remain without Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe after their Champions League exertions.

Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte will be vying for one of two centre-back spots then, with Ricardo Carvalho and Bruno Alves, who will return for the Selecao after missing the 3-0 victory over Norway with Nani due to the Turkish cup final.

Without Ronaldo, it will be another chance for Sporting star Joao Mario to impress in Portugal's attack, with the 23-year-old breaking through this season in the Primeira Liga.

MANAGER QUOTES

Hodgson will speak to the media, with the media likely to quiz him on his decision to cut Drinkwater and Townsend and maintain Ross Barkley and Rashford. Quotes to follow.

Santos has confirmed Ronaldo - currently taking in some sun after last Saturday's Champions League final in Milan - will return to the squad next week, while he also elaborated on what system the Selecao will line up with at the championship.

He said: "Cristiano will be here next weekend with his team-mates with a strong desire to help the team.

"The team will play very close to a dynamic 4-4-2, sometimes as a rhombus, other times a diamond."

MATCH BUZZ

MATCH FACTS

This final friendly represents a contest between two of the top 10 ranked sides in the world with Portugal eighth and England tenth.

England outscored the visitors by far in qualification with 31 goals from 10 games, while Portugal mustered just 11 in eight games.

Wayne Rooney was England's top scorer in qualification with seven, while Ronaldo top scored for Santos' side with five.

The last meeting between these sides occurred 10 years ago at the 2016 World Cup with the sides both drawing blanks after extra-time and Portugal famously triumphing 3-1 on penalties after Rooney's controversial red card.

Rooney is the only player that remains from that England side, while Ronaldo and Carvalho both featured in that memorable match too.

Hodgson will be delighted that four of his five strikers have scored in the two friendlies against Turkey and Australia; Rashford, Rooney, Kane and Vardy have all grabbed a goal, so the England manager will hope Sturridge can join that group to ensure he also enters the tournament full of confidence.

England have 518 caps collectively in their 23-man squad and 78 goals, while Portugal have 815 caps and 107 goals from their final squad.

BOOKIES' ODDS

England: 5/4

Portugal: 5/2

Draw: 9/4

(Bet Victor)

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