England boss Gareth Southgate has been told there are three players he should consider undroppable for the crucial World Cup round of 16 clash with Senegal on Sunday. The Three Lions topped their group to set up a tie with the Group A runners-up, as the African side finished behind leaders Holland.
After naming an unchanged team to face the USA following the Three Lions opening win over Iran, Southgate then made four changes against Wales as Kyle Walker, Jordan Henderson, Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford all came into the team. All four made positive contributions, and the England boss now has a selection dilemma for his side’s first knock-out tie.
Former England and Manchester United winger Paul Ince believes that Foden could retain his place in the team, and that in Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford, Southgate has three undroppables in the squad.
“I think Foden could start,” Ince told ICE36 Live Casino. “Maybe he will go with the same team that started against the USA, that is something that Southy will be thinking about with Steve Holland. We know that you can’t drop Harry Kane and rightly so, he is world-class. Pickford will be in there. Maguire.
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“I think the defence speaks for itself. It was good to see Kyle Walker get on the pitch against Wales, so perhaps that gives Gareth something to think about, but I think that [Kieran] Trippier has been magnificent for both club and country and he should go back in against Senegal. The big talking points are always around who he plays in attack to support Kane.
“When you look at the match against the USA, you’re thinking, was that England’s strongest team? We also saw Southgate rotate players at the Euros – he was happy to change it on a game-by-game basis.
“I think that when you look at knockout football, you go with the players that you trust to get you the result. I’m sure he trusts all of his players, but there will be a few that he is more certain of.”
Rashford and Foden got the goals in the 3-0 win over Wales, but Bukayo Saka scored a brace against Iran and Raheem Sterling has been a reliable performer that Southgate has trusted during his tenure as England boss.
A more compact three-man midfield comprised of Henderson, Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice was used against Gareth Bale and co on Tuesday, though Southgate opted to use a more traditional number ten in the form of Mason Mount for the opening two games despite criticism from fans and pundits that Manchester City’s Foden would have been more suited to the central role.