England will be looking to put in a commanding performance against Malta on Friday evening as they look to take another step closer to automatically qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
The Three Lions top Group F with 14 points from six games, but they are just two points above Slovakia, who they face on Tuesday evening.
Therefore, as they are expected to beat Malta quite easily, Southgate might opt to give some fringe players a chance to impress, saving the regulars for the crucial match against Slovakia next week. As a result, we expect to see a team that consists of both experience and youth.
Below is our predicted England XI for the match against Malta. We expect Southgate to play it relatively safe by going with a 4-2-3-1 formation.