England vs. Slovakia: Match Preview for Euro 2016 Group B Tie

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney in Saint-Etienne, France, June 19. Rooney looks set to be rested for England's match against Slovakia. Handout/UEFA via Getty

Wayne Rooney looks set to be one of six players rested by Roy Hodgson as England faces Slovakia in the last group B match of Euro 2016.

England and Manchester United captain Rooney is reported to be sidelined with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.

Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy, who came off the bench to score in the 2-1 win over Wales last Thursday, are expected to start upfront alongside Liverpool's Adam Lallana.

Fellow Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is set to get his first outing in France, while Jack Wilshere, Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand are all in line to start.

With England set to progress from group B, Hodgson looks to be preparing for the Three Lions to reach the latter stages of the tournament by resting key players such as Rooney.

The 30-year-old played and scored the last time England played Slovakia during a friendly in 2009, won 4-0 by then-manager Fabio Capello's side.

But Rooney's role has shifted further back in the field. At the age of 24, Rooney led the line for England but now he sits in the more influential midfield position for Hodgson's side.

Euro first-timers Slovakia's only competitive encounter with England came in qualifying for Euro 2004 when it lost 2-1 twice.

But Jan Kozak's side is significantly stronger and has a high chance of progressing to the knockout rounds through third-place qualification.

There is even a chance that Slovakia, which is expected to field an unchanged side, could win the group should they beat England and Wales fails to beat Russia in the other match in group B.

England's last visit to the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne, venue for Monday's fixture, came in 1998 during the infamous 2-2 draw with Argentina.

England was eliminated on penalties from the World Cup, but the game is remembered for David Beckham's red card after kicking out at now-Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.