England handed game-changing boost ahead of Wales clash

England have been handed a boost ahead of their next World Cup outing.

England face Wales in their final group game this coming Tuesday.

The tie is of little importance to England, who will still make it into the last-16 as long as they do not lose by four goals, which seems unlikely.

As a result, England will be turning their attention towards the last-16, where one of the Netherlands, Senegal or Ecuador await.

Should England put in a display similar to the one that saw them draw 0-0 with the USA on Friday, a last-16 exit seems likely.

England were awful in attack with Mason Mount especially poor in his central role. Despite Mount’s display, Gareth Southgate refused to bring on Foden in a central position as he does not play there for Manchester City, ignoring the fact that Mount has spent a good chunk of his Chelsea career as one of the wide options in a 3-4-3.

“We thought it was the right thing to do, to keep the team from the start, and then the wide players we went with Jack [Grealish] and Marcus [Rashford] ahead of Phil [Foden],” England’s boss explained.

“We thought, Jack would keep the ball well for us and get us up the pitch and Marcus’ speed, we thought would also be a threat coming into that last part of the game.”

Regardless, if Southgate is not going to play Foden through the centre over Mount, he may be willing to instead bring in James Maddison. The midfielder has had an excellent 2022/23 for Leicester but missed the start of the World Cup due to injury.

However, Maddison has returned to training on Saturday and should be fit to feature vs Wales, which will hopefully see him bring some much-needed creativity to the Three Lions.

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