Ian Wright names his England XI to face Germany

Ian Wright has selected his England XI to take on Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2020 tonight.

The highly-anticipated clash kicks off tonight at 5pm, with the game to be played at Wembley Stadium.

A host of high-profile figures from within football have named their preferred England starting XIs over the last few days.

Both Gary Neville and Jack Wilshere opted for a three-man defence in their sides. England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney stuck with the four-man defence that Gareth Southgate has used throughout the tournament.

Ian Wright’s team

Arsenal legend Wright has said he would choose a 4-3-3 formation, with his most notable decision the non-selection of Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka.

Saka impressed throughout during England’s 1-0 win over Czech Republic that saw them top Group D. Meanwhile, Grealish provided the assist for Raheem Sterling’s header in that game.

Wright has opted to include the returning Mason Mount in his XI in place of Grealish. The 22-year-old has been cleared to play after serving his 10-day self-isolation period.

He has also chosen Phil Foden to come back into the side in place of Saka.

In terms of the back four, Wright has stuck with the same defence that started the game against the Czech Republic. Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw are the full-backs, with John Stones and Harry Maguire in central defence.

He has chosen a midfield three of Mount, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, with Foden and Raheem Sterling either side of Harry Kane.

Explaining how he would like England to approach the game, he told ITV: “I would like us to play with those wingers and keep them pinned back because that is going to take a lot from Germany if we can keep Kimmich and Gosens out of it because they haven’t got that natural centre forward, so if we can keep them back and enforce our game on them we have got a better chance rather than going in and just trying to nullify Germany.”

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