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What To Do Against The Belgians
at 13:45 25 Jun 2018

First thread on here so thought I'd keep it footy related and open debate to all.

So England v Belgium, both teams qualified. If Southgate is true to form he would want to pick his team at least 24 hours before kick off, meaning that he can't speculate on who we are likely to get in the quarter finals, nor would he be able to know at that stage who we will play in the round of 16.

Therefore, personally I think that to weaken the team based on guesswork will be an unlikely thing to do.

I'm not sure how the yellow card system works in the 2nd round, but assuming either Walker or Loftus-Cheek gets booked then they will be suspended, so on that logic I don't think either will start. Pickford hasn't actually made a save yet so I don't see any sense in dropping him, and I also think Lingard, Kane and Trippier were taken off specifically to keep them fresh for this game.

I also can't see the benefit of rushing back Dele Alli either.

So...I reckon GS will simply just go out to freshen things up and keep momentum and go for something like:

GK - Pickford
CB - Cahill
CB - Stones
CB - Maguire
RB - Trippier
LB - Rose
CM - Dier
CM - Henderson
CM - Lingard
CF - Kane
CF - Rashford

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