England predicted lineup vs Wales

England take on Wales in their final group match of this World Cup on Tuesday knowing any result other than a defeat will take them through to the round of 16.

The Three Lions still have work to do, however, after they missed out on a chance to qualify in their 0-0 draw with the United States.

Gareth Southgate will be keen to end the group on a positive note after that rather stale performance, and may turn to his bench to provide some much-needed attacking impetus against Wales.

Let’s take a look at how England could line up on Tuesday.

GK: Jordan Pickford – Southgate tends to be loyal to his favourite players, and Pickford has given his manager no reason to doubt his abilities.

RB: Kieran Trippier – It’s no secret that Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t Southgate’s favourite chocolate in the box, so Trippier is likely to keep his place here.

CB: John Stones – The Manchester City man has looked perfectly comfortable and is all but certain to start.

CB: Harry Maguire – He still looks uncomfortable at times, but Maguire’s aerial presence saved England on numerous occasions against the US and Southgate won’t want to disrupt his first-choice centre-back pairing.

LB: Luke Shaw – Shaw has looked good for England so far, and deserves to start. Besides, he’s the only left-back in the squad.

DM: Declan Rice – He understands the role and has played more football than Kalvin Philips this season, so Rice’s inclusion seems like a no-brainer.

CM: Jude Bellingham – Arguably England’s best player against Iran, Bellingham needs to help England control the midfield against Wales.

CM: Phil Foden – Nobody knows why Southgate didn’t bring Foden off the bench against the US, but surely this his chance to show why he should start over Mason Mount.

RW: Bukayo Saka – Didn’t have his best game against the US, but Saka is a livewire and could wreak havoc against Wales.

LW: Marcus Rashford – Raheem Sterling looked off the pace against the US and Rashford could offer some much-needed directness.

ST: Harry Kane – His ankles won’t be happy to hear this, but at the time of writing they’re still attacked to Harry Kane’s body so he’s likely to start. Can he get his first goal of the tournament?


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