England’s World Cup campaign gets underway on Monday.
Gareth Southgate’s side take on Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena as we get our first look at one of the most interesting England teams in years.
Southgate will have identified the matches against Tunisia and Panama as must-win, with the final group match against Belgium on June 28 possibly deciding Group G.
The England coach has already informed his players of his starting line-up against Tunisia.
"We know the team," Fabian Delph said this week.
"The preparation remains the same, we're a team, all about the team. Everyone sticks together. The manager chooses the best team."
Regardless of who starts, former England midfielder Frank Lampard fully expects the Three Lions to win their opening match.
Lampard's England XI
Lampard has penned a column for the BBC detailing what England need to do to beat Tunisia.
But first, Lampard’s line-up.
The Chelsea midfielder believes Southgate should start Gary Cahill ahead of Harry Maguire in defence, with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard supporting a front two of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Image courtesy of BBC.
Cahill is a big call
The inclusion of Cahill won’t go down well with supporters who believe Leicester City’s Maguire deserves to play.
Cahill impressed for Chelsea in the closing weeks of the season, though, and Southgate will value his experience.
Alli and Lingard started together in the 2-1 win against Nigeria earlier this month and Lampard believes they will be crucial in helping England find a way through Tunisia’s defensive block.
“If we can find Alli and Lingard in some good attacking areas, they are both very clever players with great awareness, and they can hurt Tunisia from there,” Lampard wrote.
“Alli and Lingard have another responsibility too, which is to run beyond Kane and Sterling.
“For both of them, it is a big part of their natural game, although they are slightly different in the way that they do it.
“Alli has got that real directness with his movement into the box, with those angled runs of his that I love seeing him do for Tottenham.
“He might not be able to do that so much from this slightly deeper role, but he will definitely get some opportunities against Tunisia, and Panama too.”
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