Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden expected to start for England against Denmark despite criticism of midfield experiment against Serbia

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden are in line to start against Denmark
  • Gareth Southgate is expected to name the same team again despite criticism 
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Gareth Southgate is expected to keep faith with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden for Thursday’s Euro 2024 clash versus Denmark.

England head coach Southgate raised eyebrows by picking the Liverpool vice-captain, who plays at right-back at club level, in central midfield next to Declan Rice in the victory over Serbia on Sunday night.

Alexander-Arnold was substituted in place of Conor Gallagher in the second half as England sought to see out their victory.

But the Anfield star is hopeful of retaining his place in the starting XI for the game against the Danes as Southgate prepares to give his midfield experiment another test in what is likely to be an unchanged team.

Similarly Foden, who has faced questions over his place following Sunday’s game, is set to continue on England’s left hand side – while Kieran Trippier, who appeared to be in some discomfort, during the closing stages of the win against Serbia, is in line to win his 50th cap.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to feature in midfield for England again against Denmark 

Phil Foden is also in line to start again despite criticism of his performance against Serbia

Phil Foden is also in line to start again despite criticism of his performance against Serbia

Gareth Southgate is expected to name an unchanged starting 11 for England's second Euro 2024 match

Gareth Southgate is expected to name an unchanged starting 11 for England’s second Euro 2024 match  

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw’s will miss the game versus Denmark as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

The Manchester United left-back, who hasn’t played since February due to a hamstring injury, didn’t train with his team-mates on Wednesday.

The FA say Shaw was continuing on his individualised programme away from the rest of the squad and Southgate has since confirmed he will not be included against the Danes.

It was hoped that Shaw would be fit enough to make a return to action, most likely as a substitute in either Thursday’s game or the final Group C clash against Slovenia on Tuesday.

But it now remains to be seen if Shaw can prove his fitness before the knockout stages commence.

EXPECTED ENGLAND STARTING XI 

Expected England starting XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Rice, Alexander-Arnold; Saka, Bellingham, Foden; Kane. 

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