Gareth Southgate chooses Fikayo Tomori over Ben White for Andorra and Hungary World Cup qualifiers
gareth Southgate is expected to name a widely proven England side today for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
With the Three Lions at the helm of Group I, they travel to the Pyrenees to face Andorra on October 9 before welcoming Hungary to Wembley three days later.
For September’s triple title, Southgate remained with the majority of the squad that took England to the Euro 2020 final earlier in the summer.
There will have to be changes this time around with Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire likely to miss a calf problem and Trent Alexander-Arnold suffering from a groin injury during Liverpool training earlier this week .
While Southgate has plenty of options in defense, these injuries could provide an opportunity for Ben White, Fikayo Tomori or Joe Gomez to be called off.
White is most likely, having moved to Arsenal after being included in the European Championship squad as a late replacement for Alexander-Arnold.
With Liverpool right-back missing once again – and concerns over the severity of an ankle injury to Chelsea’s Reece James – Southgate could be tempted to take a look at a number of uncapped full-backs , including Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tino Livramento or Max Aarons.
In the midfield and in attack
One player almost certain to return is Manchester City’s Phil Foden, who has missed recent games with Hungary, Andorra and Poland with a foot injury.
It remains to be seen, however, whether Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood will get a call-up.
The 19-year-old wears a senior cap but was left out in September despite scoring in United’s first three Premier League appearances of the new campaign, with Southgate claiming Greenwood was “on his mind” but that he was aware of this progression to a senior in England. player came at the right time.
Instead, Leeds striker Patrick Bamford was included as the only new face, but he struggled on his debut and has only scored one goal in six club appearances this season.
If Southgate is to continue auditioning liners for Harry Kane, Brentford’s Ivan Toney might feel like he’s involved after his good debut.
Toney has scored two goals and two assists so far and has been instrumental in Brentford’s impressive introduction to the Premier League.
Kane himself will be included despite his inability to find the back of the Premier League net for Tottenham so far this season.
He scored three out of three goals in the last international break and is now three behind on England’s 44 goals scored by Jimmy Greaves, who died earlier this month.
The home game against Hungary will be moving with tributes to both Greaves and fellow 1966 World Cup winner Roger Hunt, who passed away this week, with the Football Association finalizing plans on how the two players will remember .