Foden, Rashford to start as Southgate rings the England changes for Wales clash

Foden England Credit: Alamy
Foden England Credit: Alamy

Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford are set to start for England against Wales on Tuesday as Gareth Southgate rotates his XI for their final group game.

England need only avoid defeat by four goals or more to qualify for the last 16 and the England boss will freshen up his side for the game in Doha.

It was reported earlier that both Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson would be handed starts, and now it’s claimed both Rashford and Foden will be handed a chance to impress.

It was thought Henderson may come in to replace Jude Bellingham, but it’s now suggested the teenager will play in a midfield three with the Liverpool veteran and Declan Rice, according to the Daily Mail.

Walker’s inclusion led to suggestions Southgate may switch to a back three, but it’s claimed the England boss will stick with a back four on Tuesday, with Kieran Trippier set to miss out.

Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka also look set for the bench against Wales, but Southgate has reportedly made it clear to those players that this is a case of rotation.

On the issue of resting players, Southgate said: “I’ve got to balance freshness with stability, so that’s always a decision you are making when you pick the team.

“We haven’t qualified yet. We are not in a scenario that we had when we played Belgium in Russia and we were qualified. It was a case of first or second. We didn’t really know what would be beneficial when we picked the team. And then we had two days of ‘why are we changing the team’ even though we had qualified.

“I’ve sort of worked out how all of this works. If we change it, we shouldn’t have. If we win it was justified, if we don’t it wasn’t. We just have to make the best decisions with the information we have and prepare the team in the best possible way.

“We want to play well. We want to win the group, we want to win football matches. There has to be a balance of freshness. Without a doubt the two games have taken a lot out of the players. But also stability. If you make lots of changes you can lose a bit of rhythm as well.”

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