England team news vs Czech Republic: Rice decision, who replaces Rashford?

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England will be looking to get off to a winning stars to the European Championship qualification campaign when the Czech Republic visit Wembley Stadium tonight.

Gareth Southgate’s side are looking to build on the progress made at this summer’s World Cup and in their UEFA Nations League campaign before the finals this summer.

The Three Lions boss has been hit with a series of injuries that may have scuppered his initial team selection.

Marcus Rashford was the latest star to drop out of the squad after picking up an ankle problem.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and James Ward-Prowse were given the nod to come and join up with the squad for the two matches.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka could join up with the senior squad for the match with Montenegro after sitting out of the Under 21’s clash with Poland last night.

Czech Republic are not as strong as they have been in years gone by however under new boss Jaroslav Silhavy they have seemingly turned the corner winning three of their last four matches.

Team news

Jordan Pickford is expected to start between the sticks despite a string of erratic performances in goal for Everton.

Ben Chilwell will start at left-back where he impressed during the Nations League matches with Spain and Croatia.

With John Stones injured, James Tarkowski is expected to partner Harry Maguire ahead of Michael Keane.

Kyle Walker will be back to his favoured position at right back in a back four, after sitting in at right centre back at the World Cup.

Declan Rice could be handed his first start in the base of a three man midfield.

Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli are likely to start in there with him, the Tottenham man will be slightly more advanced in a No 10 role.

Raheem Sterling will play wide of the front three with Jadon Sancho making his first senior start for England.

Harry Kane leads the line and will look to get off the mark in the first game of qualifying.

England predicted team (4-3-3): Pickford; Chilwelll, Tarkowski, Maguire, Walker; Rice, Henderson, Alli; Sterling, Sancho, Kane.

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