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Gareth Southgate's first England XI to face Malta is 'leaked'

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England fans will be eagerly anticipating Gareth Southgate naming his first XI as he attempts to clear up the mess left behind from Sam Allardyce.

It should be a comfortable victory for the Three Lions but weren’t we all saying that during Euro 2016 when they faced Iceland in the last-16?

While the squad Southgate named for the World Cup qualifier against Malta and Slovenia was fairly straightforward, he had a few choices when picking his first XI.

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The main topic of conversation was; where would Wayne Rooney play?

Is the England captain a striker, a number 10 or a central midfielder?

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Well, according to The Sun, Southgate has made his decision and thinks Rooney is a central midfielder.

That’s because they’re reporting that Southgate has partnered Rooney and Henderson in the heart of England’s midfield for the match against Malta. Very interesting.

Here is the XI in full:

Goalkeeper | Joe Hart

Right-back | Kyle Walker

Centre-back | John Stones

Centre-back | Gary Cahill

Left-back | Ryan Bertrand

Centre-midfield | Jordan Henderson

Centre-midfield | Wayne Rooney

Right-wing | Theo Walcott

Attacking-midfield | Dele Alli

Left-wing | Jese Lingard

Striker | Daniel Sturridge

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There was only one talking point on Twitter as the news broke of Southgate’s first XI and that’s of a midfield pairing of Henderson and Rooney.

Take a look at the best reaction below:

In fairness, it shouldn’t matter who Southgate fields in today’s match at Wembley because they should easily get all three points against Malta.

In their last qualifier, they were thrashed 5-1 by Scotland and aren’t expected to pose England any problems. However, that won't stop England fans from being furious with Southgate for opting for Henderson and Rooney as a midfield two.

However, that won't stop England fans from being furious with Southgate for opting for Henderson and Rooney as a midfield two. Let's just hope the Three Lions can put in a decent performance and score a few goals as they look to move on from a terrible few weeks.

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