Predicted England lineup to face Czech Republic

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England face Czech Republic in their final Euro 2020 group game on Tuesday night, knowing that anything other than defeat will secure them a place in the knockout stages.

Manager Gareth Southgate could have some important personnel decisions to make after a disappointing and rather lacklustre performance against Scotland in the last game, with England fans calling for more of the squad’s attacking talent to be given a chance.

Here’s a look at the starting XI Southgate could pick…

Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire has a chance of starting after missing the first two games of the group stage / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Jordan Pickford (GK): Yet to concede a goal in England’s opening two games and made a particularly crucial save to keep it that way against Scotland last time out.

Kyle Walker (RB): Could return to the starting XI in favour of Reece James.

John Stones (CB): Hit the post against the Scots and could now resume his 2018 partnership with Harry Maguire after so far playing alongside Tyrone Mings.

Harry Maguire (CB): Having not played since early May because of ankle ligament trouble, this was earmarked as the game the Manchester United skipper could return even before the tournament began.

Luke Shaw (LB): expected to keep his place after coming into the side in place of Kieran Trippier, who had started the Croatia game out of his favoured position.

Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson is thought to have recovered from the groin injury that has kept him sidelined since February / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Jordan Henderson (CM): The Liverpool captain hasn’t played a competitive game since February because of injury, but there have been positive noises from the England camp surrounding his recovery and fitness and now could be the time to replace Kalvin Phillips, who was poor against Scotland.

Declan Rice (CM): Fills an important role at the base of the midfield. The problem so far has been that England have lacked creativity in central areas with a Rice/Phillips partnership.

Mason Mount (AM): Yet to have the same kind of impact for England as he did for Chelsea at the business end of the club season but now is the time to step up.

Jack Grealish

Could Jack Grealish finally get the start England fans are craving? / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Marcus Rashford (RW): Has only appeared as a substitute in England’s opening two games, although perhaps that rest will have done him some good after a busy end to his club season.

Harry Kane (ST): So far a shadow of the player that scored six goals at the 2018 World Cup and walked away with the Golden Boot. But responsibility for his lack of touches and involvement against Scotland also lies with the rest of the team as well. Southgate has already confirmed he’ll start.

Jack Grealish (LW): Like Rashford, the Aston Villa talisman is yet to start a game at Euro 2020, but his half-hour cameo against Scotland showed he has the forward drive to make a real difference.

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