England should make one change to their lineup - Phil Foden to replace Mason Mount


Mason Mount OUT, Phil Foden IN… but what about Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jude Bellingham? And who plays out wide? CHRIS SUTTON and Sportsmail’s other experts pick their England team to face Wales

One change: Phil Foden for Mason Mount. Other than that, keep the England XI as is. Keep Harry Kane. Keep Harry Maguire. Keep the bulk of the team the same for the sake of continuity.

Declan Rice can be the deep-sitting midfielder — the nightwatchman that protects England’s defence — while Jude Bellingham and Foden push further up the pitch in support of the forwards. 

Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling did not have good games against the United States, but they were superb against Iran, so show some faith and unleash them on Wales. I don’t understand the clamour for Kane to be rested for this final group game. If he is fit — and Gareth Southgate says he is — start him.

Sometimes changing a team can have a detrimental effect. Japan beat Germany 2-1. Then they made five changes for Costa Rica and lost 1-0. I would rather see Southgate stick with his team, but with the supremely talented Foden finally starting.

England should make one change to their lineup - Phil Foden to replace Mason Mount

England should make one change to their lineup – Phil Foden to replace Mason Mount

Sportsmail’s experts’ England lineups against Wales

CHRIS SUTTON (4-3-3): Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice, Foden; Saka, Kane, Sterling

IAN LADYMAN (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Henderson; Sterling, Mount, Grealish; Kane

SAMI MOKBEL (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice, Mount; Foden, Kane, Sterling

DOMINIC KING (3-4-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Dier; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Henderson, Shaw; Saka, Kane, Sterling

Mason Mount features in two of the Sportsmail experts' England line-ups against Wales

Mason Mount features in two of the Sportsmail experts’ England line-ups against Wales 

Trent Alexander-Arnold is yet to feature for England in the tournament but could play vs Wales

Trent Alexander-Arnold is yet to feature for England in the tournament but could play vs Wales

Gareth Southgate has plenty of options at his disposal if he wants to freshen up England's XI

Gareth Southgate has plenty of options at his disposal if he wants to freshen up England’s XI

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