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Who should be in England’s starting XI?

Who should be in England’s starting XI?

Ahead of two warm-up games, here’s how we think the Three Lions should line up in their World Cup opener

This summer’s tournament in Russia is just around the corner, so who should start England’s first match?

From Saturday 2 June, 5.15pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)

Decisions, decisions, decisions. England manager Gareth Southgate has lots of them to make before the World Cup kicks off, and the biggest one of all is his starting line-up for the team’s opening game against Tunisia on 18 June.


Fortunately for Southgate, he’s able to tweak, experiment with and fine-tune his side during their forthcoming friendlies against Nigeria at Wembley and Costa Rica at Elland Road – both of which you can watch live on ITV on Virgin TV.

There’s not long left before the big summer tournament kicks off, so it’s time to decide – who should start in goal? Who will get the nod at the back and in midfield? And what about the strikers hoping to fire the Three Lions to glory (or at least the last 16)?


With Harry Kane confirmed as captain, we present our pick of the players – from Jordan Pickford and Dele Alli to Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling – who should definitely start England’s first match in Russia. Click/hover on the stars to find out more...


England v Nigeria
Saturday 2 June, 5.15pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)

England v Costa Rica
Thursday 7 June, 7.30pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)


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