Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling are set to start for England against Croatia

The Manchester City pair Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling are expected to start for England against Croatia in Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener and both of them will partner Harry Kane in attack as England seeks a winning start at Wembley. Both of them didn’t feature for England in their warm-up over Romania and Austria but they did start alongside Kane in England’s last competitive fixture with the 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Poland in March.

The three lions have never won a single game in the opening match at European Champions (Euro) and have suffered an extra-time defeat against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals. Foden was one of Manchester City’s standout players as they registered the Premier League title, retained the Carabao Cup and had reached the Champions League Final. The 21 years old scored 16 goals along with Sterling finding the net 14 times.

Former England defender Gary Neville informed that “Mason Mount is going to play unless something happens with his form or injury, and then you are talking about starting either Foden or Jack Grealish and then one of the quick players, which are Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Sterling.” Paul Merson said “Sterling will do that, we need that. If we don’t run without the ball, I don’t see how we’re going to do anything. He’s not been in great form, but he runs without the ball and that’s the one shining light I’ve seen in the last couple of matches, no one’s really prepared to run without the ball.”

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