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England Team News: Fabian Delph starts with Raheem Sterling captain

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England Team News: Fabian Delph starts with Raheem Sterling captain

Fabian Delph starts for England with Raheem Sterling captain for tonight's clash with Netherlands in the Nations League.

Jadon Sancho starts up front alongside Sterling and Marcus Rashford with Liverpool's Champions League-winning captain Jordan Henderson on the bench.

Sterling took the armband with captain Harry Kane on the bench while Delph stepped into midfield with Ross Barkley and Declan Rice.

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Last summer Gareth Southgate's England team gave the nation hope and belief in their football team as the Three Lions made it to the semi final of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Just a year on and the team have another chance to finally deliver a trophy as they take part in the finals of the Nations League in Portugal.

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Southgate's men came through a tough group with Spain and their World Cup conquerors Croatia, beating the runners up from Russia with a late comeback at Wembley to qualify for the final four.

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Unfortunately for the manager he hasn't had all of his team for the entirety of the build up with Liverpool and Spurs competing in the Champions League final.

Kane made it back in time for the final in Madrid but won't be starting in Guimaraes against Netherlands.

Kane returned from injury but he didn't impress. Image: PA Images
Kane returned from injury but he didn't impress. Image: PA Images

On Tuesday night a press release by Colossal Sports Management said that Raheem Sterling would captain the side on Thursday in his 50th England cap.

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Sterling could be captain for the first time. Image: PA Images
Sterling could be captain for the first time. Image: PA Images

England have been in a training camp for the last couple of weeks but the Spurs and Liverpool players will have only had two sessions with the rest of the squad.

The Three Lions will be coming up against a rejuvenated Netherlands side that will include Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong who have impressed for Ajax this season, as well as Virgil van Dijk who played in the Champions League final.

The winner of Thursday's clash will take on Portugal in the final on Sunday night.

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Topics: Football News, Nations League, England, Netherlands, Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling

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