England’s win over Wales on Thursday has made sure that their destiny is in their own hands and they won’t have to rely on other results to qualify for the next round.
Following Slovakia’s win over Russia on Wednesday it has sent England to the top of their group.
Hodgson has been heavily criticised for a number of reasons, firstly the fact that the Premier League’s most prolific striker, Harry Kane was taking corners and also the arguably negative approach that has been adopted over his tenure.
Today though the former Liverpool boss has to be commended his decision to introduce Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy at half-time proved to be inspired as both strikers scored goals to overturn the 1-0 half-time deficit.
England have not done it the easy way conceding a late goal against Russia in their first game in Marseille and then having Gareth Bale give Wales a one goal half-time lead.
The character shown today and the way all three substitutes (Vardy, Sturridge and Rashford) played are encouraging for England. England could well progress to the quarter-finals should this form continue.
England should seal top spot this Monday when they play Slovakia in Saint Etienne. Wayne Rooney and his players will believe that should they play as they did in the second half and if Roy Hodgson does get his selection right then England could well impress a few people.
My England XI to play Slovakia (4-3-3)
1 Joe Hart; 2 Kyle Walker 5 Gary Cahill 6 Chris Smalling 3 Danny Rose; 20 Delle Alli 10 Wayne Rooney 17 Eric Dier; 22 Marcus Rashford 15 Daniel Sturridge 11 Jamie Vardy