England’s final World Cup Group G game has become a matter of priorities for Gareth Southgate.
While finishing top would be due recognition for the fantastic progress the Three Lions have already shown at the tournament and provide a real statement heading into the knockout stages, it’s also a question of whether it’s really worth risking the fitness of key players when England have already qualified.
At the same time, while Southgate’s clearly fond of Raheem Sterling, the Manchester City forward hasn’t really set the World Cup alight in the same way as some of his attacking accomplices like Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard.
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So perhaps it’s time to give Sterling a bit of a rest and allow someone else the chance to prove themselves, with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford inevitably the standout candidate.
The hugely promising youngster, valued at £58.5million at Transfermarkt, dazzled in England’s last World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica but has picked up just 22 minutes during the tournament so far.
So, England fans, would you start Sterling against Belgium to maintain England’s continuity in attack or hand Rashford a start instead? Let us know by voting below…