To make Pink Panthers post readable here it is with paragraphph breaks!>>>>>> How many of those players really needed a rest? England never play more than two matches together except in tournaments. I'd rather have seen our first choice XI get another game together to build on the momentum of the second half performance against Wales. We have the youngest squad in the tournament and several of the first choice XI are playing in a tournament for the first time. Everyone was saying our defence was the weak link beforehand; surely it would be best for the back four to have had another game together? Danny Rose had never started a competitive game before this tournament. He and Walker haven't had a particularly heavy season (unlike Kane) as Spurs rotated them with Trippier and Davies for the full back positions last season. Rooney missed a large chunk of the season but did well enough in the first two games here, was taken off after 70 minutes in one of them, and is still adjusting to the specifics of playing in a much deeper role; I'd much rather have seen him play there against Slovakia. Alli has only just completed his first season in the Premier League and is the youngest member of the starting XI; I feel he should at least have started against Slovakia, even if he was withdrawn after an hour. Taking Wilshere at all was ridiculous in my view after he missed literally the entire season bar Arsenal's final match, and he appears to neglect his fitness and not look after himself properly to boot. England have a history of taking key players after injury when they clearly aren't match fit, going right back to Brooking & Keegan in 1982. The team we picked could easily have beaten Slovakia given the number of attempts on goal, or the first choice team might also have been frustrated and held to a draw, but either way I feel it would have stood us in better stead to have had another game together with the first choice XI, or at least most of it.