Shaw to start alongside World Cup heroes? Predicted England XI for Spain clash

first_img Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Will England’s summer of fun continue now that the year is drawing to a close? How England could end up in a Euro 2020 group of death with France and Portugal England’s group at Euro 2020 revealed as Southgate’s men face a familiar foe RIP LEGEND England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania England play their first match since the end of the World Cup when Spain visit Wembley on Saturday evening, and you can listen to full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT.That glorious summer may have ended in despair, with Croatia knocking the Three Lions out in the semi-finals, but it gave visions of a future for England that is bright and filled with success. Adam Lallana was also back in the squad, but has withdrawn through injury, while Raheem Sterling will too miss the upcoming fixtures with a back issue.For the clash against Spain, Southgate is expected to utilise the same 3-3-2-2 system used in Russia, and the starting line-up should be relatively similar.However, the aforementioned Shaw is likely to come in after performing so well for Manchester United in the early stages of the season, while his Old Trafford team-mate Marcus Rashford should replace Sterling in attack. REJUVENATED Euro 2020 explained: How it works, stadiums and dates as tournament turns 60 The inclusion of Shaw solves one of the biggest issues England faced during the World Cup – the lack of width on their left flank.With Ashley Young, right footed, featuring as the left wing-back, all England’s play that went down his side of the pitch would inevitably slow down as he looked to cut back onto his stronger foot. Play would also narrow, as he would move inside with no one replacing him, as although Harry Maguire, the defender, and midfielder Dele Alli would move wide, they too would always play on their stronger right feet.Shaw is naturally left footed and loves to bomb up and down the flank, much like Kieran Trippier did with such great success in Russia. With two wing-backs playing on their natural side, England will find it much easier to break through the opposition’s lines. Furthermore, they will be much harder to defend against as the opposition will have to accept the ball could be delivered from either flank, rather than just the right; in Russia, Trippier often found himself doubled up upon, thus limiting his effectiveness in the final third. Difficult confirmed England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 3 scared lions GETTING READY Shaw will bring England natural width on the left flank, something they were severely lacking throughout the World Cup Second is best Elsewhere the team stays the same. Jordan Henderson will sit in front of the defence rather than Eric Dier, with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard providing driving runs forward from deep.Harry Kane will start alongside Rashford in attack, though the Tottenham man will likely drop into the number 10 position, as he did during the World Cup, rather than play as an out-and-out centre-forward. Rashford, who is the faster player, will act in that role as England look to break Spain’s lines by moving the ball forward with pace for Rashford to run on to. 3 Gareth Southgate became a waistcoat wearing national hero in those four short weeks, and now is the time for him to continue England’s resurgence.The Three Lions take on Spain in their first ever fixture in the Nations League, UEFA’s new tournament that has replaced international friendlies, and we can now see whether the performances put in in Russia have become the norm, or if it’s back to the ‘same old England‘ – an England of disappointment, despair, and crying in pub bathrooms after another tournament exit.Southgate has kept faith in much of the squad that served him well over the summer, with Luke Shaw and Joe Gomez the biggest names to be recalled to the international fold. Latest England news info 3 Southgate watches defender star in Italy amid talk of England recall Mega deal England ‘ducking out’ friendly against France before Euro 2020 preparation Chelsea ready to ‘break transfer record’ to sign winger ahead of Man United last_img

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