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England possible starting XI v Croatia: Questions for Southgate

| 07.06.2021

England’s opening Euro 2020 match against Croatia is just around the corner but which players are likely to be in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the game at Wembley?

Skipper Harry Kane is 1/20 to start the game on June 13 but we’re taking a look at the other candidates in an England possible starting XI v Croatia in what is likely to be a 4-3-3 formation against the 2018 World Cup runners-up.

Jordan Pickford

Pickford was under scrutiny for some high-profile errors he made for his club this season but with Nick Pope sidelined having undergone knee surgery the Everton keeper is 1/6 to start ahead of Dean Henderson whose sole cap came against the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in November.

Tyrone Mings

With Harry Maguire still recovering from an ankle ligament injury which prevented him from playing in the Europa League final, Mings is waiting in the wings to replace the Manchester United centre-back. Maguire is now 2/1 to start with Mings slashed from 7/2 to 11/10 to accompany John Stones in a flat back four.

John Stones

The only guaranteed starter as things stand. Helped Manchester City keep a Premier League-high 19 clean sheets this season and has scored a couple of goals in an England shirt.

Luke Shaw

Shaw has been one of Manchester United’s best performers this season and is 1/2 to pip Ben Chilwell to the left-back role, with the Chelsea man 6/4 to start against the Croats.

Kyle Walker

Southgate has an embarrassment of riches in the right-back role and he won’t be let down by either Walker, Reece James or Kieran Trippier but the Manchester City man looks to be in the box seat at 1/10, with the other two 11/8 and 6/4 respectively.

Mason Mount

Midfield is a potential minefield for Southgate with Jordan Henderson making his return against Romania having undergone groin surgery in February, while Kalvin Phillips has recovered from a shoulder injury and played the first 45 minutes against the Romanians. Mount has had an excellent season with Chelsea and is certain to start barring injury.

Declan Rice

Rice has made a timely return to action with his club and with Henderson and Phillips either lacking match fitness or doubtful, the West Ham midfielder is 1/10 to anchor the midfield.

Jack Grealish

The Aston Villa midfielder produced two excellent performances in the warm-up wins against Austria and Romania, so he has emerged as a front-runner to start on June 13 despite only recently returning to action following a shinbone injury.

Harry Kane

The England captain scores bucketfuls of goals for club and country and his inclusion is nailed on.

Phil Foden

Foden may look like a teenager but he turned 21 towards the end of May and his exceptional performances on the right in Manchester City’s Premier League-winning season mean he is 1/4 to start alongside Kane.

Raheem Sterling

The Manchester City attacker has been struggling for goals recently and he is not a certainty to start as the odds of 10/11 suggest so it looks like a close battle between him and Marcus Rashford at the same price.

Match Info

Where: Wembley Stadium

When: 14:00, Sunday 13th June

How to watch: BBC 1

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner