Neville names his England XI to face Germany

Gary Neville has named his starting XI for England‘s last 16 clash with Germany.

The tie was confirmed last night after Germany drew 2-2 with Hungary to secure the runner-up spot in Group F.

Joachim Low’s side will now travel to Wembley, where they will take on England on June 29.

Gareth Southgate is likely to have a few selection dilemmas in picking his England side for the game. Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount will complete their self-isolation period the day before should they provide a negative COVID-19 test, whilst Phil Foden could come back into starting contention.

Gary Neville’s England XI

Former England right-back Neville has chosen the England XI he would pick for the match.

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The team he posted on Twitter starts with the notable omission of a goalkeeper. A bold strategy if you ask us.

The appearance of the name ‘James’ at the top of his XI led a number of fans to joke about whether ex-England goalkeeper David James was to come out retirement for the match.

The ‘James’ Neville refers to, of course, is Reece James, with the defender featuring as a right wing-back in Neville’s five at the back system.

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He has moved Kyle Walker to the right of a three-man central defence alongside John Stones and Harry Maguire. Luke Shaw completes the backline.

In front of them is a midfield duo of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips. Both players started all three group games for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Neville has opted for a front three of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka.

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Saka impressed during his first appearance of the tournament against Czech Republic, whilst Sterling has scored both of England’s goals so far at Euro 2020.

There is no place in Neville’s side for Jordan Henderson, who also made his first appearance of the tournament against Czech Republic.

That was only the second time Henderson has featured for club or country since sustaining a groin injury in March.

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