Revealed: 49% of England fans want Southgate to name an unchanged team

England manager Gareth Southgate clearly settled on a first-choice starting eleven before the World Cup began.

Where possible, the nation’s new hero has included Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling in his plans – aside from against Belgium where changes were made in order to rest players for the knockout rounds – despite the duo not always being at their peak out in Russia.

As the Three Lions gear up for their biggest game in 28 years, against Croatia, that dilemma of whether to stay loyal has arisen again.


Bringing in Tottenham’s Danny Rose for Manchester United’s Ashley Young is another potential conundrum. Young’s set-piece delivery is superior but the former Leeds man would keep moves flowing in open play, where his counterpart constantly cuts back onto his right foot.

The United man’s experience has been invaluable for this young England side, so that’s why we asked you whether Southgate should make any changes.

The poll was as tight as it is possible to be, but 49 per cent of those who responded want to see the same eleven that played against Sweden…