England fans slam Gareth Southgate's expected starting XI

‘Trippier over Shaw or Chilwell is ridiculous’: England fans slam Gareth Southgate’s choice of left back and ‘criminal’ decision to leave out Jack Grealish in expected starting XI for Euro 2020 opener with Croatia

  • England fans have been left puzzled by Gareth Southgate’s expected starting XI 
  • The manager is set to play Kieran Trippier over Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell 
  • Trippier usually operates as right back but will reportedly line up at left back
  • Jack Grealish is also set to miss out with Raheem Sterling start in a front three 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

Fans have been left unimpressed by Gareth Southgate’s expected starting XI for England’s Euro 2020 opener with Croatia.

The Three Lions boss looks set to play Kieran Trippier at left back over Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw while Jack Grealish also misses out in favour of Raheem Sterling.

Southgate was expected to pick one of Shaw or Chilwell at left back with both having had impressive seasons for Manchester United and Chelsea resepectively. 

Fans have been left unimpressed by Gareth Southgate’s expected starting XI for England’s Euro 2020 opener with Croatia

The manager is expected to play Kieran Trippier at left back over Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw

There was even suggestions Shaw could start as a left centre back in a back five with Chilwell at left-wing back. But it looks like both are set to start on the bench.

Trippier, who usually operates as right back, has only ever played one game at left back in his club career but did fill in as a left-wing back in the warm-up game with Austria.  

Fans were left puzzled by the expected starting XI, with many believing Shaw or Chilwell should be given the nod at Wembley.  

One fan simply tweeted: ‘Trippier at LB over Shaw or Chilwell is ridiculous’.

Shaw (left) and Chilwell (right) both had impressive seasons for Manchester United and Chelsea respectively


England’s starting XI is set to feature the likes of Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings, as first revealed by Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel on Friday.

To read how we led the way, CLICK HERE, and see below for the full expected XI vs Croatia today…

GK: Jordan Pickford

RB: Kyle Walker

CB: John Stones

CB: Tyrone Mings

LB: Kieran Trippier

CDM: Declan Rice

CDM: Kalvin Phillips

CAM: Mason Mount

LW: Raheem Sterling

RW: Phil Foden

ST: Harry Kane 

Another wrote: ‘Two world class left-backs in the squad and he picks a right-back to play there? Indefensible.’   

There was also criticism for Southgate for his decision to leave out Grealish over Sterling, despite the Aston Villa captain’s impressive displays in the warm-up fixtures.

One supporter wrote on Twitter: ‘Southgate starting Sterling over Grealish and Trippier LB is criminal’.

Another fan said: ‘If this is the side I cannot understand why after picking two LB’s in the squad in Chilwell and Shaw Southgate is going with a RB Trippier at LB. Also leaving out our most creative player in Grealish. Very bizarre.’

It was previously reported by Sportsmail that there was a feeling within the camp that Grealish would begin on the bench.

Sterling has been one of Southgate’s untouchables in recent years but there had been some doubt over his starting place this summer after struggling for form with champions Manchester City this past season.

Southgate, though, is leaning towards keeping faith in Sterling and is expected to start barring any late changes.

Marcus Rashford is another favourite of Southgate but like Sterling he has also struggled for form in the latter stages of the 2020-2021 season and is also carrying injuries. 

Fans also took to Instagram to share their thoughts at the apparent starting XI.

‘There’s no way he’s winning this game with this mediocre lineup’ one fan commented. 

Fans were also unimpressed by omission of Jack Grealish from the expected starting XI

England are set to be without Harry Maguire at centre back with the Manchester United captain still working his way back to fitness after sustaining ankle ligament damage last month. 

Tyrone Mings is likely to get the nod ahead of Conor Coady and Ben White with John Stones lining up alongside him. 

The Three Lions will have plenty of attacking options from the bench with Rashford and Jadon Sancho also missing out on a starting place. 

England take on Croatia at Wembley at 2pm on Sunday before games against Scotland on June 18 and the Czech Republic on June 22. 

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