England take on Spain at Wembley on Saturday evening in what will be both countries’ first ever game in the newly formed UEFA Nations League, and their first fixtures since both sides’ contrasting World Cup experiences.
Whilst Gareth Southgate’s young squad reached the semi-finals of the summer tournament in Russia, recapturing the hearts of the nation, Spain sacked manager Julen Lopetegui two days before their opening group game and then suffered a humiliating loss on penalties to the hosts in the first knockout round.
Southgate has stuck with most of his World Cup stars for the current squad, but one player that misses out is Ashley Young, who has been replaced by his Manchester United teammate Luke Shaw. The 23-year-old has been in top form at the start of this season, playing all four of United’s league games and scoring against Leicester.
The other option for the England boss at left wing-back is Tottenham man Danny Rose. The 28-year-old has 23 caps for his country and would certainly be the more experienced option, but he has only played twice for Tottenham so far this season and, based on form, it should be Shaw who gets the nod.
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