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The international break may be frustrating for fans of clubs across Europe but it does bring with it some interesting fixtures between the best footballing nations in the world. This international break, Gareth Southgate’s England will face Germany and Brazil in two exciting friendly games in the next few days.
The game against Germany will be played this Friday night at Wembley. The World Champions are expected to go with a full-strength squad and here is the strongest XI that Southgate can field for this tie:
Youngsters Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all given a call-up to the national team. Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, Harry Winks and Dele Alli all withdrew from the squad in the last couple of days.
Michael Keane and Jake Livermore were included in the squad after injuries forced few players to withdraw from the squad, while Chelsea ace Gary Cahill has been passed fit for this tie.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Joe Gomez, Phil Jones, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Jack Cork, Eric Dier, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young
Forwards: Jamie Vardy, Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford
The Stoke City man should be given a chance ahead of Joe Hart, who is slowly being displaced by the 24-year old.
The pacey full-back has been one of the best in his position in the league this season and deserves to start at right-back in this tie.
Just declared fit, the Chelsea veteran is expected to start as the senior centre-back against a Germany side with some impressive attacking quality.
The Manchester United defender had a less than impressive time against Chelsea before the break but is the first choice for Southgate and should start against Germany.
With the lack of a top-class left-back in the squad, Southgate has little option but to use Bertrand, like he did in the previous few games.
The versatile Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been a regular in the first-team for the club and should keep his place in this side as the deepest of midfielders for England.
With Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana out injured, the Three Lions should stick with Hull City midfielder Livermore, to partner Dier in the middle of the park.
Yet to play in the senior side, the Chelsea youth product deserves a chance to start this game, after his performances for a struggling Crystal Palace side in the domestic competitions.
The youngster is one of the very few wingers in the current squad and deserves to start on the right-hand side of the attack.
Though he had a completely forgettable outing against Chelsea at the weekend, Rashford is still one of the most exciting players for the English national team and is expected to start on the left flank.
With Kane out injured, and Abraham the only other option, Leicester City ace Jamie Vardy is the senior striker and will hope to put in a solid performance, to gain some confidence for the rest of the season.