Four of Gareth Southgate's most integral England stars are just one yellow card away from a one-match suspension ahead of the Three Lions crunch tie with Ukraine in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.
Having beaten Germany 2-0 at the round of 16 stage in what was Southgate's side best display of the tournament so far, England find themselves edging ever closer to what could be their first piece of major tournament silverware since 1966.
However, with the stakes that high Southgate will need to weigh up whether he can risk a number of crucial players who see themselves one caution away from missing the semi-finals should England reach them.
Harry Maguire, Phil Foden and central defensive midfield duo Kalvin Phillips and Declan rice are all walking a tight-rope, but Southgate has already insisted he cannot afford to even consider omitting them from his matchday squad.
"In terms of consideration – none at all. We have been to three semi-finals in 60 years, so the thought that we can be resting players to get through to a semi-final, I can't think of a nation that would do that. I don't remember a nation doing that.
"It was different in the group phase when we had qualified and knew what we were dealing with. We could strategically do that.
"I understand the strategy of thinking that through, but I don't think there is a team in the world who would do that at this point. I have never seen it happen and it is not in our thinking.
"It would be a bad message for our players and it would be the wrong message for Ukraine. I don't think we can fiddle around. It would be just about thinking about the future – and we should not be thinking about the future at this moment."
Southgate also has a tactical dilemma surrounding whether he opts to stick with the same back-five he deployed against Germany, or taking the shackles off and sacrificing a defender to add another attacking player into the fray.
For the first time this entire Euro 2020 campaign, England find themselves playing away from Wembley when they take on Ukraine on Saturday evening.
Instead, Stadio Olimpico, the home of Serie A outfit AS Roma, will play host for the contest, before both the semi-final and finals return to Wembley.
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