But­land set to get his chance with Eng­land

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

GARETH SOUTH­GATE has promised changes as Eng­land wrap up their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign in Lithua­nia to­day — with Jack But­land among those with a chance to im­press.

With a place in Rus­sia al­ready as­sured, the Stoke goal­keeper will start in place of Joe Hart, who has played ev­ery minute of the pre­vi­ous nine qual­i­fiers.

More ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is likely, in terms of tac­tics and per­son­nel, as South­gate looks to coax an ex­cit­ing per­for­mance to sweep away mem­o­ries of Thurs­day’s tor­tur­ous 1-0 win over Slove­nia.

It is hard to re­call a less dy­namic Wem­b­ley dis­play than that and the man in charge of im­prov­ing mat­ters is ea­ger to find the right for­mula be­fore next sum­mer.

“For sure, we’ll make changes, but want to get the bal­ance right,” the Eng­land boss said.

The likes of Harry Maguire, Michael Keane, Harry Winks, Kieran Trip­pier and Jesse Lin­gard are among those des­per­ate for a chance to im­press, but South­gate would only guar­an­tee But­land a start­ing spot.

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