Gareth Southgate will herald the changes for England’s homecoming at Wembley against Andorra – with Leeds striker Patrick Bamford lining up for his Three Lions debut
- Gareth Southgate to make major changes to his team on Sunday
- England take on Andorra in their first Wembley appearance since the European Championship
- Patrick Bamford lines up for his Three Lions debut after being called up
- Conor Coady and Jordan Henderson probably also start on Sunday
England boss Gareth Southgate will pass on the changes ahead of Sunday’s Wembley homecoming against Andorra.
The Three Lions head coach will tear up the team that Hungary defeated on Thursday for England’s first game at the national stadium since their heartbreaking penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on July 11.
The likes of Conor Coady and Jordan Henderson, who both received high praise from the England coaching staff during the tournament for their team ethos despite playing fringe figures during the unforgettable tournament, will be joining the team.
England boss Gareth Southgate will pass on the changes ahead of Sunday’s Wembley homecoming
Conor Coady and Jordan Henderson to join the team after being praised for their team ethos during the European Championship
Bukayo Saka, who missed the deciding penalty in the shoot-out, could also play a part against the Andorrans and can expect a lavish ovation from the Wembley crowd.
Patrick Bamford was able to make his debut on Sunday, just days after his first international call-up.
Southgate insists, however, that sentiment will not play a role in his team selection for the World Cup qualifier as he prioritizes the physical wellbeing of his players ahead of Wednesday’s grueling trip to Poland.
“It’s not so much sentiment, but we have a very strong squad and at this stage of the season the players are still building,” said Southgate.
Patrick Bamford could make his debut on Sunday, just days after his first call-up
‘Being able to turn and use the depth is very important. We have a group of players who deserve to play and any one of them can go on the team and do a job like they’ve done in the past.
“We will definitely make a lot of changes, but what will be nice is that for those players playing on Sunday it will be the first game there since the European Championship and they will get a fantastic reception I’m sure.
“They deserve that enormously.” One player likely to rest is Raheem Sterling, who once again put in a stellar performance in an England shirt, delivering the opener before putting the team’s second on the board for Harry Kane.
The Manchester City attacker has scored 16 goals in his last 24 caps and is arguably England’s most important player heading into next year’s World Cup.
“He’s always been one of our key players, I know it’s great that we don’t have one star player that everyone ends up talking about, which is remarkable when you consider that we have Kane and Sterling and others in the league.” group,” Southgate explained.
Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka can expect a lavish ovation from the Wembley crowd
“It’s always about the collective, but his performances have been so important to us for so long. He really sets the tone with the way he works without a ball.
“If you have a creative talent like him, who is willing to really commit to the team and weigh in on the goals and assists he’s had for a long time, he’s a fantastic player for us to work with . he is so important to what we do.
‘He knows what we think of him, he feels very comfortable in our environment.
“Of course there is incredible competition for places at Manchester City and here, but for us he has just consistently been a player who has performed his matches and we have had full confidence in him.
Raheem Sterling will likely be rested after another impressive performance for his country
“He has more than rewarded that confidence in the goals he has scored. This summer he was excellent.
“I don’t think he’s really getting the recognition he deserves. He often goes under the radar and seems to have to prove himself almost constantly.
“That’s what I was asked in the summer, so let’s hope he has to continue to prove himself like he did against Hungary.”