Cahill defends Hodgson's six changes

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England defender Gary Cahill says Roy Hodgson’s six changes were not to blame for the side’s inability to break down Slovakia on Monday.

The goalless draw coupled with Wales’ win over Russia meant Hodgson’s side finished second in Group B.

“We had the ball constantly. We just didn’t quite have that cutting edge to open them up,” said Cahill, who led England until Wayne Rooney came on.

“It wasn’t to be. But we should have won the game.”

The Chelsea centre-back added: “In games like that, you need something a little bit special – someone to shoot from outside the box or create something, which we nearly did.”

Hodgson has faced criticism for the number of alterations he made to the starting line-up, with former England striker Gary Lineker saying before the match he felt rotation was “a hindrance”.