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England team news 'leaked' as Gareth Southgate makes huge call ahead of Slovakia Euro 2024 tie

England team news 'leaked' as Gareth Southgate makes huge call ahead of Slovakia Euro 2024 tie

Southgate has made a huge call.

England's starting XI for their Euro 2024 round-of-16 match has been 'leaked', with Gareth Southgate making a major change.

On Sunday afternoon England will take on Slovakia in Gelsenkirchen in their Euro 2024 last-16 tie.

England produced three underwhelming performances in the group stage, but still managed to clinch top spot in Group C to secure a place in the favourable side of the knockout draw.

Fans and pundits have highlighted several problems with England's set-up, with midfield being the biggest one.

Southgate deployed Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield in England's first two games, but after the 1-1 draw with Denmark he conceded that his 'experiment' hadn't really worked.

Conor Gallagher was chosen to partner Declan Rice in midfield, but he was hooked at half-time during the goalless draw with Slovenia and replaced by Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo.

The 19-year-old looked much better than the other two options Southgate has used, and - according to The Mirror - will keep his place in the starting XI against Slovakia.

Southgate has also reportedly decided to stick with Kieran Trippier at left-back, ignoring calls for Luke Shaw to come into the side or for England to adopt a back-three system.

Shaw missed all three of England's group games after failing to recover from injury, but he is expected to be named as a substitute for the first time this tournament.

Ahead of the match, Southgate defended his team from criticism, saying: "A team is never quite as poor as people might think, and never quite as good as people might think."

England's starting XI vs Slovakia is expected to be: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Rice, Mainoo; Foden, Bellingham, Saka; Kane.

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Topics: England, Euro 2024, Gareth Southgate, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Declan Rice, Kobbie Mainoo, Kieran Trippier, Conor Gallagher