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England predicted lineup vs Germany - Nations League

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Gareth Southgate's first defeat as England manager was against Germany in March 2017
Gareth Southgate's first defeat as England manager was against Germany in March 2017 / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
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England welcome Germany to Wembley Stadium for their final Nations League fixture on Monday night.

Gareth Southgate led the Three Lions to a famous victory at Monday's venue against Germany 15 months ago, ending England's 55-year wait for a knockout tie win against their familiar rivals in the 2020 European Championships round of 16.

Here's the XI Southgate may deploy to earn a similar result which - whatever the outcome - won't be greeted with anywhere near the same jubilation.


1. England predicted lineup vs Germany (3-4-3)

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Harry Kane's penalty against Germany in June is England's only Nations League goal this year / Visionhaus/GettyImages

GK: Nick Pope - Jordan Pickford's understudy became just the second Newcastle United goalkeeper to represent England on Friday night against Italy.

CB: Kyle Walker - Only the national team captain - Harry Kane - has played more minutes for England under Southgate than Walker.

CB: John Stones - The Manchester City centre-back missed out on the trip to San Siro while serving a suspension for a red card against Hungary in June - even though he earned his second yellow card for the innocent act of getting run into.

CB: Harry Maguire - Only Kane and Raheem Sterling have scored more international goals than Maguire (seven) in England's current squad. Though that isn't such a boast in a side that has gone 495 minutes without a goal from open play.

RWB: Reece James - Despite the (theoretically) stiff competition offered by Trent Alexander-Arnold (and the rest of England's glut of right-backs), James has been Southgate's starter in the nation's last three matches.

CM: Declan Rice - "Trust me, we are going to be good," was the confident assurance Rice delivered to the nation after England extended their winless sequence to five matches for the first time since 2014.

CM: Jude Bellingham - Only Wayne Rooney has more caps for England’s men’s senior team as a teenager than Bellingham (16).

LWB: Bukayo Saka - England's men's player of the year may earn another run-out at Wembley as one of the few left-footed options Southgate trusts.

RW: Phil Foden - "Ronnie" - as he is exclusively known by his family members - was just five months old the last time England went three consecutive games without a goal (November 2000).

ST: Harry Kane - The captain has scored his side's only goal of the Nations League this year. After five matchdays, 59 players have a higher total in the competition than the entire nation of England combined.

LW: Raheem Sterling - The London native has gone as many as four caps without a goal or an assist for his country for the first time since 2018.


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