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England will welcome Wales to Wembley for their friendly tonight in what will be the first meeting between the two teams since their pivotal clash at Euro 2016.

Four years ago in France, Roy Hodgson's men came out on top after a stoppage-time winner from Daniel Sturridge handed the Three Lions a group-stage victory over the Welsh after Gareth Bale handed his side the lead just before half-time.

After being jeered off at the break, Hodgson sent on Jamie Vardy and Sturridge in the place of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, with the decision paying dividends as both men scored to turn the game on its head.

England face Wales on Thursday for the first time since their crunch clash at Euro 2016

England face Wales on Thursday for the first time since their crunch clash at Euro 2016

Gareth Southgate has made several adjustments to the team Roy Hodgson put out in 2016

Gareth Southgate has made several adjustments to the team Roy Hodgson put out in 2016

Looking back to that game provides an insight into just how much Gareth Southgate has made his stamp since becoming England boss, with his ruthless axing of the old guard has allowed the younger talent to shine.

Many of the men Hodgson named in that starting XI are now nowhere to be seen with just a handful keeping their places.

The first name that is no longer near the squad is that of Joe Hart. 

Tottenham's summer signing didn't cover himself in glory against Wales four years after his dreadful blunder from a Gareth Bale free-kick gave Chris Coleman's men the lead.

Having struggled for regular first-team football in the years since then, it came as a surprise when Jose Mourinho decided to offer England's former No 1 a contract for this season.

In front of him, major changes to England's backline have been made, with the likes of Danny Rose, Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill now no longer in the national setup.

Tottenham have failed to give Rose a squad number for this season and no longer needed by the Premier League club.

Crystal Palace defender Cahill performed admirably against the Welsh, and nearly got a goal for his efforts in the first half, but has since stepped down from international duty in 2018 to allow new players to come through.

Joe Hart didn't cover himself in glory against Wales as he struggled to save Bale's free-kick

Joe Hart didn't cover himself in glory against Wales as he

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