MX23RW : Wednesday, May 22 19:30:59| >> :600:22299143:22299143:
Sep 8, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 81,392
England
1-2
Spain
Rashford (11')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Niguez (13'), Rodrigo (32')

How England could line up against Spain

Sports Mole looks at how England could line up when they take on Spain at Wembley in their first match since the World Cup.

England will play their first match since the World Cup on Saturday when they host former world champions Spain at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate's side embarked on a rousing run to the semi-finals in Russia and subsequently go into this weekend's match ranked three places higher than their opponents in the latest FIFA standings.

The majority of the Three Lions' World Cup heroes could feature once again when Spain come to town for their opening match of the brand new UEFA Nations League.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how England could line up for the match.



ENG XI vs. SPA
The main change from the squad which did so well in Russia sees Luke Shaw rewarded for his bright start to the season by replacing Manchester United teammate Ashley Young, and the left-back is expected to hold off competition from Danny Rose to start.

Uncapped duo Alex McCarthy and Marcus Bettinelli have both been called up and will be hopeful of winning a first cap in one of the two upcoming matches, but Jordan Pickford was one of the standout performers at the World Cup and will start again against Spain.

The likes of Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Tarkowski have all made good starts to the campaign too, but the quartet of John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier performed so well at the World Cup that they are likely to keep their places.

Raheem Sterling's withdrawal from the squad due to injury, coupled with Jamie Vardy's semi-retirement, leaves Marcus Rashford as the most likely option to partner captain and World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane up front should Southgate continue with his 3-5-2 formation.

Jordan Henderson's lack of football at Liverpool should not prevent him from resuming his role as the pivot, with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard playing a little further forward.

Who will win Saturday's clash between England and Spain?

England
Draw
Spain
England
42.6%
Draw
14.9%
Spain
42.6%
Share this article now:
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in action during a Premier League clash in May 2018
Read Next:
Sterling withdraws from England squad
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
/esi/758/0/index.html - esi:0:site:0:-p-: {0}: - :T758:-: {0}: < ! - - T  758 {0} - - >  : 
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38322495237298
2Liverpool38307189226797
3Chelsea38219863392472
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs382321367392871
5Arsenal382171073512270
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd381991065541166
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38169134746157
8Everton38159145446854
9Leicester CityLeicester38157165148352
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham38157165255-352
11Watford38148165259-750
12Crystal Palace38147175153-249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174248-645
14Bournemouth38136195670-1445
15Burnley38117204568-2340
16Southampton38912174565-2039
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3899203560-2536
RCardiff CityCardiff38104243469-3534
RFulham3875263481-4726
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3837282276-5416

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account