England predicted line-up against San Marino


All England need to do to qualify for the 2022 World Cup is secure a point against low-key San Marino on Monday night.

Part-time employees have lost all of their qualifiers so far and only scored once, meaning anything less than a major three-game victory would be quite embarrassing.

With several absentees leaving Gareth Southgate with some selection dilemmas, here is the starting eleven he will most likely go with on Monday …

Ramsdale should get a virgin cap / Michael Regan / GettyImages

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – Ramsdale has made a fantastic start to the season with Arsenal and has shown that many doubters are wrong. He deserves a three lion hat.

Harry Maguire (CB) – After “silencing his doubters” with a nod to powerful Albania, Maguire stands in line for a lap of honor if he keeps a clean sheet against the lowest-ranked FIFA nation in the world.

Conor Coady (CB) – Coady has plenty of experience in the heart of a backtree, not because he will expect to be particularly busy.

Tyrone Mings (CB) – How Mings has made the team over Fikayo Tomori is a mystery, if not a pure shame to be honest.

Chilwell has been in good shape for Chelsea / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RWB) – Alexander-Arnold can expect plenty of room to whip in his brand deep crosses on Monday night.

Kalvin Phillips (CM) – Conor Gallagher pushes for a spot after being called up after several draws. But with the qualification still not technically in the bag, the more experienced Phillips should be included.

Jude Bellingham (CM) – Bellingham has made a strong start to the season and it will be enough to see him get the nod.

Ben Chilwell (LWB) – What a turnaround this campaign for Chilwell. Vänsterbacksplatsen is now very much his again.

Kane hit a nice hat trick against Albania / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages

Bukayo Saka (RW) – Saka was not present at all in England’s last meeting against Albania so he will be eager to go on Monday night.

Harry Kane (ST) – Antonio Conte will not thank him for that, but since Southgate wants the match to be won early, Kane will start – newly started with a hat trick in his last match.

Phil Foden (LW) – While a promising cameo from Emile Smith Rowe may have just done enough to get a first English start, Southgate will likely still choose the safer option in Phil Foden.

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