United star Rashford left out of first XI
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.