LONDON – Harry Kane only starts on the bench, while there is still no place for Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson in the starting lineup for England against Belgium in today’s UEFA Nations League Group A2 clash at Wembley Stadium.
England manager Gareth Southgate said Kane has “had a strange week in training” and has not done enough to start today. The boss also revealed that the striker has been bothered by fatigue and muscle cramps.
After missing out in the last game, Henderson was hoping to get a look in this time, but Southgate has decided to recall Jordan Pickford to start in goal.
Elsewhere, Kyle Walker has been handed his 50th cap for England, is one of three players in a three-man backline. Harry Maguire is back in the heart of defence.
Eric Dier will join Walker and Maguire, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier as the wing-backs.
Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are among the players starting for Belgium, with another familiar face, Simon Mignolet in goal.
However, Jan Vertonghen doesn’t make the starting XI.
ENGLAND TEAM NEWS
Team to play Belgium: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Walker, Dier, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Henderson, Mount, Rashford, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Pope, Henderson, James, Mings, Coady, Maitland-Niles, Phillips, Ward-Prowse, Grealish, Kane, Ings, Sancho
BELGIUM TEAM NEWS
Team to play England: Mignolet, Alderweireld, Denayer, Boyata, Meunier, Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, De Bruyne, Carrasco, Lukaku
Subs: Roef, Kaminski, Mechele, Kayembe, Vanaken, Dendoncker, Verschaeren, Trossard, Origi, Doku, Benteke, Batshuayi