England will look to win back-to-back European Championships this summer when they host their Scottish rivals at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.
The Three Lions opened their Euro 2020 campaign with an impressive 1-0 win over 2018 World Cup finalist Croatia.
Meanwhile, Scotland suffered a 2–0 loss to the Czech Republic, with Steve Clark’s men now trailing in Group D.
Indeed, Scotland need a result in London to have any chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 – but they face stiff opposition against one of the favorites in the competition.
With players like Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho near Gareth Southgate, the 26-man England team is full of offensive potential.
And with three Lions among the favorites to win the competition, some might say the final on July 11 – taking place at Wembley – could very well be written in the stars.
Manchester United captain and England regular Harry Maguire is part of the squad, but faces a race to prepare for a group stage game.
Maguire is Southgate’s first choice while in form, but Tion Mings impressed against Croatia.
That said, it is believed Southgate will remain with the same four full-backs on Friday, including Kieran Trippier on the left.
Jordan Henderson is also pushing for a return to the side after injury, but the midfielder duo of Declan Rice and Calvin Phillips from Southgate are unlikely to break up.
Raheem Sterling justified his inclusion and suggested that his uneven form with Manchester City may not transfer to the national team.
Southgate’s toughest decision will be which one to choose between Foden and Grealish.
Meanwhile, while Harry Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, and Mason Mount are players whose names will already be on the opening squad sheet.
How do we predict England will line up
Formation : 4-3-3
Composition: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Trippier; Phillips, Rice, Mt; Foden, Sterling, Ken.
Based on England’s stellar performance against Croatia on Sunday, we believe Gareth Southgate will be with an unchanged Three Lions squad.
The obvious loser is Jack Grealish, who fans won’t like, but Southgate isn’t the type to succumb to fans’ wishes.
If Southgate makes any changes
Formation : 4-3-3
Composition: Pickford; James, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Ridge, Phillips, Mont; Foden, Sterling; Ken.
Alternatively, reports suggest Southgate could be making some changes to the rear, with Reece James and Luke Shaw coming in for Walker and Trippier. The rest of the team remains the same as if a win allows England to rest players for their final game, knowing they will qualify for the last 16.
How can England get past three?
Formation : 3-4-3
Composition: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings; Trippier, Chilwell; Rice, Mont; Foden, Sterling, Ken
Southgate’s other option is to play a three from behind, which he may prefer due to Maguire’s injury and match Scotland’s preferred lineup.
That means Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier could play as the winger and Walker in the bottom three.
Alternatively, reports suggest that Luke Shaw and Reece James played in the bottom three in the practice session. Since rumors suggest that James and Shaw will be playing tonight, it is possible that they may also play in Three-Way Back.
full england team
Guardians: Aaron Ramsdale, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Conor Cody, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Ben White, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Milieu de Terrain: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Calvin Phillips, Declan Rice
Attackers: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
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