Manchester City defender Kyle Walker will revert to right-back for the UEFA Nations League game against Croatia
Gareth Southgate is ready to be bold and gamble by making drastic changes ahead of England’s UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia.
Three months after being beaten by Luka Modric and Co in the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, Southgate will again send his Three Lions into battle.
The UEFA Nations League clash in front of an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka may not hold as much importance or gravitas as the clash in Moscow in the summer, but Southgate will be keen to make amends for the 2-1 extra time defeat.
According to The Telegraph, England will abandon the back three which got them to the last four in Russia and instead revert to a 4-3-3 formation.
Eric Dier, Ross Barkley and Marcus Rashford are all reportedly going to start for England, with Kieran Trippier dropping out of the side in favour of Kyle Walker.
The Manchester City man’s shift to his preferred role of right-back in Rijeka means Harry Maguire and John Stones will partner one another at the back once again.
At the World Cup Finals, the England boss was forced to choose between one of Rashford or Raheem Sterling, but the formation change allows him to play both alongside captain Harry Kane.
Ross Barkley’s fantastic early season form means he starts in midfield with Dier tasked with keeping Modric and Ivan Rakitic quiet alongside Jordan Henderson.
Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli featured heavily for the Three Lions in Russia, but are forced to miss out through injury. Leicester City star Ben Chilwell is expected to make his first international start after winning his first cap last time out against Switzerland.
Check out the ‘leaked’ line up below!