Poll: Rank England’s best central defensive partnership for Euro 2016

England's central defenders John Stones, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling
England's central defenders John Stones, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling
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England boss Roy Hodgson faces a few big decisions when naming his team to take on Russia in their opening match of Euro 2016 on Saturday.

And one of them is which central defensive partnership he should go for.

Hodgson has only taken three natural players for the position in the experienced Gary Cahill, Barnsley-born rookie John Stones and in-form Chris Smalling, so one will have to miss out.

If he’s looking for steady, then Cahill/Smalling is probably his best bet. Vibrant, skillful and exciting, which would go against the grain, should see Smalling/Stones get the nod, while a Cahill/Stones partnership may bring a misture of both, with Stones perhaps likely to learn more alongside the Chelsea defender.

Which do you think Hodgson should go for? Comment below with your reasons why.

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