England vs Czech Republic ( WON )
England vs Czech Republic
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- Gareth Southgate has had six players withdraw from his original squad through injury, with James Ward-Prowse and potential debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi drafted in as replacements.
- Declan Rice is another player aiming to make his first appearance for England having switched his allegiance from Ireland and the West Ham youngster is in with a real chance of starting given that both Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson are short of match fitness.
- The right flank may instead pose the biggest selection dilemmas to Southgate, who will choose between Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier at the back. Marcus Rashford has returned to Manchester United for treatment on an ankle injury, which all but guarentees Jadon Sancho a starting spot on Friday.
- Tomas Vaclik has been forced to withdraw from the squad through injury, though Czech Republic are somewhat spoilt for choice in goal compared to outfield positions, with both Jiri Pavlenka and Tomas Koubek very able deputies.
- Versatile defender Theodor Gebre Selassie could play in any position along the back four but the left seems most likely, while Matej Vydra operates on the right wing for his national side but will come under threat for a starting berth given his lack of playing time this season.
- Captain Borek Dockal is an injury doubt ahead of the trip to Wembley but should be fit, with Hertha Berlin’s Vladimir Darida ready to deputise if needed.
- England may well be without a number of regulars under Gareth Southgate, with as many as five new faces set to be named in the starting XI when compared to the side that reached the World Cup semi-finals.
- Czech Republic approach the match as big underdogs and will likely shut up shop and defend from the outset, aiming to maximise any rare chances to counter, though whether their defence is strong enough to keep this England side at bay remains to be seen.
- The hosts should make the breakthrough eventually and if the visitors do try to impose themselves on the game in the second half – which is unlikely – that could play into Southgate’s side’s hands.