Allardyce keeps faith with Joe Hart, drops Sturridge

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England manager Sam Allardyce will drop Dele Alli, Daniel Sturridge and Chris Smalling for the opening match of his reign in Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, British media reported on Saturday.

Allardyce replaced Roy Hodgson in the aftermath of England's woeful last 16 defeat against minnows Iceland at Euro 2016 and he has decided to start his spell in charge by leaving out Tottenham midfielder Alli, Liverpool striker Sturridge and Manchester United defender Smalling

Alli started three of England's four matches at the Euros, while Sturridge and Smalling also contributed to a lacklustre tournament from Hodgson's team.

Joe Hart, who joined Torino on loan after slipping to third in the pecking order at Manchester City, remains in goal despite his lack of action this season because Fraser Forster's arm injury leaves him as the only established goalkeeper.

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