United star Rash­ford left out of first XI

Wanganui Chronicle - - Sport -

Eng­land’s start­ing XI for their World Cup opener against Tunisia has been re­vealed.

The Sun Sport re­ports that Mar­cus Rash­ford will not start in Eng­land’s World Cup opener de­spite his wonder goal against Costa Rica in their re­cent friendly.

And Jor­dan Hen­der­son has beaten Eric Dier to play in Eng­land’s an­chor role against Tunisia a week­from to­day.

Man­ches­ter United for­ward Rash­ford was the man of the match in Eng­land’s 2-0 vic­tory over Costa Rica in their fi­nal warm-up match at El­land Road.

Ra­heem Ster­ling is re­port­edly ex­pected to play in the No 10 role be­hind cap­tain Harry Kane.

Hen­der­son, who is ef­fec­tively vice-cap­tain, was al­ways ahead of Tot­ten­ham col­league Dier after South­gate de­cided to play with just one hold­ing player in front of his back three.

Danny Rose is the one player who seems to have forced his way into the start­ing line-up dur­ing the last two warm-up games, pre­ferred over Man­ches­ter United’s Ash­ley Young.

Boss South­gate de­scribed Rose’s mid­week per­for­mance as his best dis­play since the Spurs star suf­fered a se­ri­ous knee in­jury 16 months ago.

But now he is re­turn­ing to form and fit­ness, South­gate be­lieves Rose’s qual­i­ties best suit his de­mand for buc­ca­neer­ing wing-backs who can pro­vide the team’s width.

Harry Maguire ce­mented his place in South­gate’s back three with his as­sured show­ing against Costa Rica and is set to edge out the more ex­pe­ri­enced Gary Cahill and Phil Jones.

The Three Lions chief sees Rash­ford and Ruben Lof­tusCheek as game-chang­ers off the bench.

And he is heart­ened by the way his de­mands to con­cede fewer free-kicks in their own half has been heeded. In six friendlies, Eng­land have let in only one goal from open play.

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