Phil Foden will start for England in their Euro 2020 opener with Croatia at Wembley as Gareth Southgate springs a surprise by including Kieran Trippier at left back.
The Manchester City starlet, who was named the Young PFA Player of the Year for his scintillating form for his club last season, features as part of a front three alongside Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
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Foden, 21, gets the nod ahead of Marcus Rashford on the left side of the attack in what is his first major international tournament at senior level.
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Both Sterling and Foden started with Kane in England’s last competitive clash, a World Cup qualifier versus Poland in March, but neither were involved in the Three Lions’ final warm-up fixtures against Romania and Austria.
Elsewhere in that starting XI, Trippier is at left back with Kyle Walker on the right flank of a back four. John Stones is partnered in central defence by Tyrone Mings.
There are also starts for Leeds midfielder, Kalvin Phillips and West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Earlier on Sunday, former England international Gary Neville gave his thoughts on England's forward line up:
I think you are always in a situation where Mason (Mount) will play unless something happens with his form or injury and then you are talking about starting Foden or (Jack) Grealish, and then one of the quicker ones which is Rashford, (Jadon) Sancho or Sterling, so for me it isn’t a surprise at that balance."
He continued: "Harry Kane is obviously an absolute no-brainer to start, but you do need one of those wider forwards to make sure they run past him. If everyone is coming naturally to the ball then it becomes a little bit more difficult for Harry. For me, the balance feels about right. The fact the game is in such heat - with Sterling and Foden starting - then Grealish and Rashford can come on at any time and they are great options to have for Gareth to change the game if it’s needed."
England have yet to win their opening match at a European Championship. The Three Lions’ bid to change that will get underway against Croatia in Group D at 2pm BST.
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