England’s squad may lack the star names of years gone by but the healthy atmosphere in the squad and competition for places has given Gareth Southgate no shortage of selection headaches.
Ahead of today’s against Tunisia – his side’s first of World Cup 2018 – the former Middlesbrough manager has had a number of marginal calls to make all over the pitch.
However, it is reassuring for both Southgate and the Three Lions fans that the quality of the players in battle for the starting berths is largely comparable, which could also create healthy rivalry should England progress into the later stages of the competition.
One such dilemma is at right wing-back where, with Kyle Walker permanently moved inside to centre half, the choice is between Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier – valued at £18m by Transfermarkt – and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has enjoyed a sensational season to force himself into Southgate’s thinking.
But who should start as England look to capitalise on some slack starts among the traditional big-hitters and get off to a flier? Let us know by voting below and keep your eyes peeled for the results pre-match…
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