GARETH Southgate has been hampered with a series of injuries to key players ahead of the friendly with Germany and the World Cup qualifier.
Not exactly the start he would have wanted to his reign as permanent England boss – but he’s remaining upbeat.
Even more so having heard the news that German keeper Manuel Neuer, arguably the best keeper on the planet, is also missing through injury.
Michail Antonio is the latest victim, with Southgate having already lost Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney.
All of which makes a nonsense of Southgate’s decision to overlook Theo Walcott.
The four strikers he has gone with are Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Nathan Redmond and veteran Jermain Defoe.
So which two will he go with? Or will he just play one up top with a bank of midfielders behind?
Leicester striker Vardy will definitely start and we predict that Southgate will go with Rashford – with Defoe coming on later on.
Here’s my ideal starting XI from the squad Southgate has picked. Let us know your views on who the new England boss should go with given the injury setbacks.
Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, John Stones, Ryan Bertrand
Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana
Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford