England’s top stars given rest as manager Gareth Southgate assesses contenders for call-up in countdown to crunch clash with Belgium
- England got back to work on Monday with a training session after their big win
- Gareth Southgate oversaw a training session with the players who did not start
- The Three Lions boss warmed up with his squad in St Petersburg
- England now face a final Group G against Belgium on Thursday evening
Gareth Southgate gave his big names a rest on Monday as he oversaw training with the substitutes vying for game-time in the final group clash with Belgium.
Southgate warmed up alongside his players before leading a session in Saint Petersburg for those players who did not feature in the starting line-up for the Three Lions in the seven-goal thriller in Niznhy Novgorod.
Southgate will assess his players ahead of the Thee Lions’ final Group G tie on Thursday, before making a call on any alterations to the line-up.
Gareth Southgate got stuck straight into the warm up with his players on Monday
The England players who were not in the starting XI against Panama all trained together
The Three Lions who have not yet seen much action may get the chance to shine vs Belgium
Striker Marcus Rashford looked to be in high spirits during the session in St Petersburg
Dele Alli is back in action after picking up a minor thigh injury in England’s opening fixture
The England boss is likely to make some tweaks for the fixture, with his side having already booked their place in the last 16.
Southgate was afforded the opportunity to get a closer look at the players chomping at the bit to show what they can do against Roberto Martinez’s men.
Dele Alli was among the training party, as he looks set to bid for a starting spot against the Belgians after recently picking up a minor injury.
The victor of Thursday’s encounter will determine the winner of Group G, and give both teams an idea of their potential route for the remainder of the tournament.
Southgate was all smiles as he oversaw his players going about their work
Trent Alexander-Arnold made his way out to the practice session alongside Phil Jones
The Liverpool youngster is hoping for a tournament cap after a fine season with the Reds
Fabian Delph entered the fray late on against Panama, but will hope to start on Thursday
Danny Welbeck joked around with Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Delph
With Belgium also winning their first two matches both teams are on six points and with identical records on goal difference and goals scored.
A draw in the final group game would see the leaders decided by fair play rules – England lead on that criteria by virtue of two yellow cards to Belgium’s three – or by drawing of lots.
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