The World Cup is fast approaching and Gareth Southgate has the tough choice of selecting which England players will make the starting 11 for the first game in Volgograd.

England are unbeaten in their last eight fixtures including an unfortunate 1-1 draw last time out against Italy.

Southgate had the chance to test out different players and a new system in the two friendlies last month.

In these games the England boss trialled at 5-2-2-1 formation in which Kyle Walker played as a centre back in the back five.


It is unclear whether this is a system that we’ll see start in Russia however it does appear to accommodate our best players.

The Three Lions’ opening game on June 18 is against Tunisia, which means we can expect to see an attacking team and creative midfielders. This will allow England to breakdown what will no doubt be a rearguard display from the Tunisians.

Here’s how we  think England could line up during the group stage…

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