Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling for Sundays game against Panama after photographs taken of the England coaching staffs training notes appeared to show Marcus Rashford would step up
Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling for Sundays game against Panama with photographs taken of the England coaching staffs training notes appearing to show Marcus Rashford would step up for the game in Nizhny Novgorod.
The assistant manager, Steve Holland, may have accidentally revealed Englands lineup after being pictured walking on to the training pitch at Spartak Zelenogorsks stadium carrying a sheet of paper that seemed to identify Southgates team for the second Group G fixture. On it, the first-choice selection appeared to be detailed in formation with each players under-study listed underneath.
The lineup indicated Ruben Loftus-Cheek would replace the injured Dele Alli, who was listed as medical at the foot and had remained at the team hotel to receive treatment on a thigh injury. Rashford, who made a 22 minute cameo against Tunisia last Monday, was placed alongside the captain, Harry Kane, in attack with Sterling actually listed as Loftus-Cheeks back-up in an attacking No 8 role. That would suggest the Manchester City forward will start on the substitutes bench.