Having sat out England’s last two games and recovered from an injury during that time, Dele Alli looks set to return to the starting XI for the Three Lions’ first knockout fixture at this World Cup – an all-important clash with Colombia on Tuesday night.
The dilemma Southgate now faces though, is who to bench in favour of the talented immensely Tottenham midfielder.
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has been electric at this tournament and seems pretty certain to start, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shown huge potential and his sheer power could be a massive asset for England against such an offensive-minded team who will leave the engine room wide open.
So, England fans, which side of this key selection dilemma do you stand on? Would you reunite Lingard and Alli for the Colombia clash after impressing together against Tunisia, or keep the Blues midfield prodigy in the starting XI?
Let us know by voting below…