The World Cup is fast approaching, with just two a day left until hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia get us under way.
England kick off their 2018 campaign against Tunisia on Monday (7pm kick-off, live on talkSPORT) and, ahead of their opening game, we welcomed former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce into the studios.
Big Sam, who will be part of the talkSPORT team bringing you all the drama from Russia, discussed Gareth Southgate’s likely line-up with a number of spots still seemingly up for grabs.
He went on to reveal who he would pick if he was still in charge, and gave the reasons why.
Check out his England XI below and let us know whether you agree with the selections…
Explaining his choices, Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Jordan Pickford is definitely the number one, for me.
“I don’t mind the back-three if it gets an extra man in midfield or an extra attacker, so I would have Gary Cahill over Harry Maguire for his experience, I’d pick Kyle Walker and I’d have John Stones because of his ability to come out from the back.
“He can be a bit risky at times, but if you take that risk he’s probably the best with the ball and coming out from the back with it. If you put him in the middle of the three, that can be very strong.
“If you’re having wing backs I think Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose.
“I’d have both Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier in midfield and leave them there sitting and have one player in front of them, and that would be Dele Alli for me.
“Harry Kane would obviously be up front and I would have one of Raheem Sterling or Marcus Rashford up there with him – I’d probably go for Sterling.”
TEAM IN FULL: Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford, Defenders – Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, John Stones, Wing-backs – Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Midfielders – Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Strikers – Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.
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Source : TalkSport