England manager Gareth Southgate has named his starting eleven for the side’s World Cup opener against Tunisia.
Having watched Belgium dispose of Panama with relative ease, the manager will no that England can ill-afford to slip up here if they are to maintain a strong case to emerge from Group G on top of the group.
In terms of his team selection, there are few surprises. There had been widespread reports that Southgate would pick Tottenham’s Kieran Tripper and Manchester United’s Ashley Young to slot into his preferred 3-5-2 system, and that has come to pass.
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The two wing-backs will operate ahead of central defenders Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire (with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill among those on the bench), while Jordan Henderson will operate at the base of midfield with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard having greater freedom of movement ahead of the Liverpool captain.
Up front, meanwhile, England captain Harry Kane will partner Raheem Sterling up front.
England tend to start slowly in major tournaments, and will have to work hard to break down a Tunisia side that, one gets the sense, would be very happy to keep it tight and get a 0-0 draw to build upon.