Tottenham trio Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane are all in the starting line-up for England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia.
However, Eric Dier and Danny Rose must settle for a place on the bench.
Gareth Southgate has chosen to employ just one holding midfielder, and that player is Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.
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Dier started in the warm-up game victory over Nigeria at Wembley, but he was replaced by Henderson against Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later.
Danny Rose had been expected to be England’s first-choice left wing-back at the tournament, but Southgate has opted for Ashley Young.
Alli’s strong end to the season with Spurs and impressive displays against Nigeria and Costa Rica have seen him rewarded with a central attacking midfield role.
Trippier will play in a wing-back role, while Harry Kane will captain the side.
The team news comes as a personal blow to both Dier and Rose, but hopefully they will be given the opportunity to play a part later in the tournament.