5 talking points ahead of England's clash with Australia


England take on Australia on Friday in the second of three Euro 2016 warm-ups.

Here, we look at five key talking points ahead of the match at the Stadium Of Light.

1. Rashford in the spotlight

England manager Roy Hodgson talks with Marcus Rashford during training
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In a tumultuous season at Manchester United, 18-year-old Marcus Rashford's emergence has been atypically serene. His rawness is surely part of the appeal for Roy Hodgson, but the manager has precious little information about exactly what he has on his hands in the teenager.

This is the prime opportunity for a breakout moment and, having just won the FA Cup at Wembley, the occasion should not overwhelm him.

2. Witness the fitness

Daniel Sturridge.
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No manager wants injury headaches in the build-up to a major tournament, but few escape them entirely.

Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson both timed their recoveries to coincide with the announcement of Hodgson's 26-man long-list but need minutes to prove their durability and sharpness.

Put simply they need to play and look strong in doing so to book their trips to France.

Daniel Sturridge has also suffered a knock and can hardly afford to sit out.

3. Reintegrating Rooney

Wayne Rooney.
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It seems a curiously English quirk to be questioning the role of the national side's captain, most experienced international and record goalscorer, but circumstances have made Wayne Rooney a hot debating point.

The fine form of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy has surely affected his untouchable status up front but his recent conversion to a deeper playmaking role at Manchester United has yet to be mirrored for England.

If Hodgson is tempted to try his skipper in a new role there is no time to waste.

4. Full change at full-back

Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.
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Danny Rose and Kyle Walker got the nod against Turkey, but there is no unimpeachable pecking order at full-back.

Nathaniel Clyne probably has the edge on Walker at right-back but is still a relative rookie at international level and needs to cement his status with solid performances.

Ryan Bertrand, meanwhile, is a genuine rival for Rose on the left and can nip in front if he catches the eye. Rose was bright going forward but shaky when attacked at the Etihad Stadium, and Hodgson may value something steelier if the Southampton man can oblige.

5. Settle the set-pieces

Harry Kane.
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With the Liverpool and Manchester United contingent absent last time out, Kane took command of almost all of England's dead ball duties. His corner did help set up the winning goal, but he spurned a couple of inviting free-kicks and - lest anyone forget - sent a penalty against the post.

Expect Rooney, among others, to lay claim to some of the more interesting options in Sunderland.

It is an area England cannot afford to neglect at the tournament proper.