With Southgate set to make a slew of changes and Mount set to start, this is how England could line up against Hungary in a World Cup qualifier.


With Southgate set to make a slew of changes and Mount set to start, this is how England could line up against Hungary in a World Cup qualifier.

For tonight’s match against Hungary, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to choose his strongest possible XI.

Andorra was thrashed 5-0 by the Three Lions, putting them one step closer to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate, on the other hand, is well aware that he will almost certainly need to win TWO of his final three games in order to qualify.

And, with high-flying Albania on the horizon next month, the manager will want to take all three points against Hungary at home.

Last month, England thrashed Hungary 4-0 at home, but the game was tarnished by horrible outbursts of racism directed against Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham.

Southgate is expected to call up some of his key players after resting a number of them for the win in Andorra on a plastic pitch.

Tammy Abraham will almost definitely be replaced up front by Harry Kane, while Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, and Mason Mount should all return to the midfield.

Despite his superb midweek performance, Jordan Pickford is likely to replace Sam Johnstone in goal.


Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw will likely replace Kieran Trippier and Ben Chilwell, with Tyrone Mings picked ahead of Conor Coady alongside John Stones, depending on health.

Sterling and Jack Grealish of Manchester City are likely to start in the wide spots for Southgate.

But, after impressing against Andorra in a deeper, more central role, Sancho and Foden could force their way into the starting XI at Wembley.

Fortunately for Southgate, he knows that whichever line-up he selects will be good enough to beat Hungary, thanks to the present squad’s depth.

Despite the fact that Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, and Kalvin Phillips are all injured, the Three Lions should be able to manage without them.

Southgate has admitted that he feels like he’commits a crime’ every time he selects a team because he knows he’ll have to sideline one or more of the game’s most talented players.

“Every time I pick a team, I have a headache and commit a crime,” England manager Gareth Southgate stated ahead of the game against Hungary.

“We have a lot of competition for spots.

“There were a lot of guys who helped boost their personal confidence and reputation the other day (against Andorra), which is encouraging to see.

“Things will change. We have a very powerful group, and we want everyone to feel like they’re a part of it.

“It’s critical that people understand their worth and their ability to contribute.” For the most up-to-date rumours, rumors, and completed transactions, visit our Football news live blog.


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