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Smalling, Cahill, Stones would not worry me as a forward - England great Shearer

Alan Shearer is skeptical of England's defence ahead of Euro2016.

England manager Roy Hodgson has only three recognised centre-backs - Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and John Stones - in his squad and Shearer claims that, as a striker, none of them would worry him if he came up against them.

He said: "Would I be scared of England's defenders?

"They wouldn't worry me if I was a forward, and I'm sure other teams have done their homework.

"At international level you should always know the player you're playing against, inside out, and I'm sure everyone will do their homework on England's centre halves.

"Defending in general has been a weakness for England at recent tournaments, whether it's big long balls down the middle that players have failed to attack or head clear, or Gary Cahill losing Mario Balotelli at the far post at the last World Cup.

"We've been caught out too many times and my worry is defensively in this tournament, definitely.

"When you look at centre halves in general, there's a dearth of them. We've got Cahill and Chris Smalling, but John Stones had a nightmare defensively for the last three or four months of the season."

Vyom Chaudhary
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