BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:  Gareth Southgate, Manager of England looks on during a training session at St Georges Park on November 14, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential England Lineup to Face USA at Wembley on Thursday

England take on USA at Wembley in a friendly on Thursday night before a potentially crucial UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia on Sunday. England need Croatia to avoid defeat to Spain on Thursday night in order to stand a chance of qualifying for the final four on Sunday.


Wayne Rooney has been brought back into the England fold with a view to giving him a final, 120th, England cap to seal what has been a remarkable career for England's record goalscorer. While Callum Wilson's excellent Premier League form sees him make the England squad for the first time.


Here's how Gareth Southgate's side are likely to lineup for Thursday's encounter:

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Jack Butland (GK) - The Stoke man is likely to be selected on Thursday, with Jordan Pickford, Southgate's undisputed number one likely to be rested with one eye on Sunday's clash with Croatia.


Kyle Walker (RB) - The Manchester City defender found himself on the right side of a back three at the world cup, though England have reverted to a back four for the time being, meaning Walker is back at home in his usual right-back spot.


Joe Gomez (CB) - The Liverpool defender has been one of this season's standout players, and has looked imperious alongside Virgil van Dijk at the back for the Reds.


John Stones (CB) - Cementing himself alongside Aymeric Laporte in Manchester City's defence this season, Stones has developed into a reliable ball playing centre-back with excellent reading of the game.


Ben Chilwell (LB) - Offering good balance in both attack and defence, the 21-year-old has established himself as Leicester's first choice left-back this season and has put in a number of mature displays for the foxes.

2. Midfielders

Eric Dier (DM) - Keeps things simple in midfield and provides a solid base in the centre of the park, allowing his fellow midfielders to get forward and support England's forwards.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) - Has impressed when called upon by Southgate though is suffering from a lack of game time at club level. A stunning Europa League hat-trick against BATE Borisov a few weeks ago serves as a reminder of his undoubted talent.


Jordan Henderson (CM) - With Liverpool's captain struggling for fitness in recent weeks there is every chance Southgate may go with another midfielder here, though a friendly run out against USA may be exactly what Henderson needs.

3. Forwards

Raheem Sterling (RW) - Sterling's form at club level since Guardiola's appointment has been nothing short of sensational. This season the speedster has been directly involved in 14 in all competitions. Two goals against Spain last time out should give him a much needed boost of confidence on the international stage.


Harry Kane (ST) - Hasn't looked at his clinical best so far this season but has still scored 6 times in the league and scored a crucial goal in Tottenham's Champions League campaign.


Jadon Sancho (LW) - Rewarded for his mesmeric rise in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, the nippy wideman looks set to earn his first start for the national side on Thursday.