Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Do you start with Marcus Rashford?

Do you start with Marcus Rashford?

Alli underwent treatment at the time, with England manager Gareth Southgate readying substitute Fabian Delph to replace the 22-year-old, only for the player to signal he was able to continue.

Calls for Loftus-Cheek to start have grown in light of his 10-minute cameo against Tunisia, which included creating a good chance for Rashford and forcing the corner kick that led to Kane's dramatic victor.

Both Loftus-Cheek and Rashford made an impression when they came off the bench on Monday evening and will be looking to stake their claim for a place in the starting XI.

The Manchester City forward proved ineffective going forward down the centre against Tunisia, spurning a golden chance laid on a plate for him by Jesse Lingard in the opening stages. However, the 23-year-old's performance dipped as the game progressed in Volgograd and he was eventually replaced by Rashford as England pursued a victor.

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Earlier this week, Carragher suggested that his former teammate Raheem Sterling simply didn't fit into the England set-up and recommended Southgate change things up ahead of their second World Cup group game.

Alli, who scored 14 goals for Spurs across all competitions in 2017/18, started in a central attacking midfield role as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in the World Cup opener. Unless this is a deliberate attempt to mislead their opponents this weekend, then the leak of the proposed team would appear to constitute an embarrassment for the Football Association.

Also still be be revealed is whether Southgate will wear a sling on Sunday.

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