England's starting XI, (L-R back) England's defender Michael Keane, England's defender Ben Chilwell, England's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, England's striker Callum Wilson, England's defender Lewis Dunk, England's midfielder Dele Alli (L-R bottom) England's midfielder Harry Winks, England's midfielder Fabian Delph, England's midfielder Jesse Lingard, England's defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and England's midfielder Jadon Sancho before kick off of the international friendly football match between England and the United States at Wembley stadium in north London on November 15, 2018. - Wayne Rooney is set to make his final farewell as England's greatest ever goalscorer in a friendly against the United States. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential England Lineup to Face Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday

England take on Croatia at Wembley in a UEFA Nations League clash on Sunday, and the stakes are high.


The fixture inevitably recalls the dramatic World Cup semi final between the two sides during the summer, in which Croatia emerged victorious in a dramatic 2-1 win after extra time. The sides have already met once more since then, also in the UEFA Nations League, where they drew 0-0.


Three days after the Three Lions secured a comfortable 3-0 win over USA in a friendly match, England take on Croatia yet again, this time at Wembley. Gareth Southgate's side will be seeking victory over their World Cup conquerers, as they look to top the group and avoid relegation.


Here is a look at the best possible England lineup that Gareth Southgate could pick to get the job done..

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Jordan Pickford (GK) - Firmly established as his country's first choice shot stopper, Pickford started against USA in amongst a generally rotated side in the friendly match against USA, and is likely to keep his place at Wembley on Sunday.


Kyle Walker (RB) - Gareth Southgate's selection on Thursday night gave a glimpse into the future, as Trent Alexander-Arnold was drafted into the side at right back but, with regular starter Trippier injured, Walker can be expected to take his place for the clash with Croatia.


John Stones (CB) - Michael Keane was called into the side to face USA from the start, but after enjoying a fine start to the season with Manchester City, Stones is likely to have further enhanced his position as first choice central defender under Southgate.


Joe Gomez (CB) - With Harry Maguire not included in the latest England squad for the current round of international fixtures, Gomez has a chance to add further momentum to his excellent start to the season with Liverpool by taking his place in England's rear-guard.


Luke Shaw (LB) - Having finally established himself as Manchester United's first choice left back and one of his side's most consistent performers this term, Shaw is likely to find his place in the England set up greatly increased.

2. Midfielders

Jordan Henderson (CM) - Southgate appears to have settled on a more conventional 4-3-3 system in recent fixtures, as opposed to the unorthodox wing back system deployed at the World Cup, and Henderson continues to be well suited to a tighter midfield three setup.


Eric Dier (CM) - Another player better suited to playing as part of a midfield three, Dier is the ideal man to sit as the deepest and most defence-minded holding midfielder in the three-man setup.


Ross Barkley (CM) - The system also enables, a more attack-minded player within the midfield trio, with Dele Alli having filled the spot against USA, but Barkley has enjoyed a fine start to the season with Chelsea and seems set to feature from the start against Croatia.

3. Forwards

Raheem Sterling (RW) - Having endured a tough World Cup campaign in which his lack of efficiency in front of goal was widely criticised, Sterling has enjoyed a thunderous start to the season with Manchester City, scoring six goals in ten Premier League appearances.


Harry Kane (ST) - The captain was given the night off against USA as an unused substitute, but Kane is highly likely to regain his regular spot as the focal point in attack and leader of the side against old foes Croatia.


Marcus Rashford (LW) - Jesse Lingard was handed a start against USA last time out, perhaps suggesting that Rashford is set for a start on Sunday, having only been brought on as a substitute late in the match on Thursday night.