Grealish on bench, Trippier left-back for England

Jack Grealish is set to start on the bench for England against Croatia, while Gareth Southgate is reportedly considering starting Kieran Trippier at left-back.

Grealish performed admirably for England in their warm-up games but is not expected to be in the starting XI on Sunday, with Southgate set to opt for Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden alongside Harry Kane, according to The Athletic.

The report also claims Southgate is considering handing a shock start to Trippier on the left of the England defence, with Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell both set to miss out.

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Kalvin Phillips is tipped to start in a midfield three alongside Declan Rice, with Mason Mount slightly advanced of them.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has selected his XI to start against and beat Croatia, including a surprise call for Dean Henderson to start in goal.

Mourinho said: “I’d have Dean Henderson in goal. Not because I don’t like Jordan Pickford, but because I was so impressed with Henderson when he was a kid at Manchester United.

“He trained with me and was with me in the squad that won the League Cup final.

“When he asked me to go on loan to Shrewsbury he told me, ‘The next time you see me I’ll come back as No 1’.

“We were all looking at each other thinking, ‘This kid is crazy, he hasn’t played one game for us and thinks he can go to Shrewsbury and come back as the No 1’.

“But it just shows his  positive attitude.

“United did an amazing job too with his development through loans — Shrewsbury, then Sheffield United in the Championship, then letting him stay there for the Premier League. I think he’s a very good goalkeeper.

“Finally, I predict a win for  Gareth Southgate’s team, though not  an easy win, to break all this negativity about England having never won their first game at the Euros.”



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