HYS: Should Southgate rest Trippier and field Alexander-Arnold against Belgium?

Nobody has performed more impressively than Kieran Trippier for England in their run to the World Cup semi-finals and it was a cruel twist of fate that meant that he limped off injured in the closing stages of the devastating 2-1 defeat to Croatia, leaving his side hamstrung with 10 men in pursuit of one final opportunity to change the game.

It could have been so different for England and Trippier when after just five minutes, he curled home a sumptuous free-kick to open the scoring and leave the country in dreamland.

Yet, as England’s willingness to retreat was eventually punished by Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner, the Three Lions now find themselves facing the prospect of the meaningless third/fourth placed play-off on Saturday, just 24 hours before they could have been embarking on a historic World Cup final appearance.

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With Trippier hobbling off, the dead nature of the game – ironically, England have contrived to engineer two dead rubbers against Belgium within the space of a seven-game tournament – means that Gareth Southgate does not need to risk the injury.

In that event, Trent Alexander-Arnold – valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – would be the ideal candidate to come in, so we’re asking you which of the duo should start against the Belgians…