England’s probable XI for Euro 2020 semi-final includes change to forwards

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England are gearing up for their second successive semi-final at a major tournament, with Denmark their opponents at Wembley tonight.

The Three Lions have won all but one of their games at Euro 2020 so far and are yet to concede a goal after winning in normal time in both of their knockout matches so far.

Gareth Southgate’s side defeated Germany in the last 16 before thrashing Ukraine in Rome in the quarter-finals last Saturday.

Key to his side’s success has been Southgate’s use of his squad, with England still yet to name an unchanged line-up at this summer’s tournament.

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That trend looks likely to continue for the clash with Denmark, with Southgate set to make a least one change from the team which defeated Ukraine.

Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho were the two additions to the side for that match, as Southgate switched back to a 4-2-3-1 from the 3-4-3 so successfully deployed against Germany.

Southgate will limit his changes to just one player for Wednesday night’s match, which will also be England’s first appearance in a European Championship semi-final since 1996.

Jordan Pickford will once again start in goal having won the tournament’s golden glove award after a superb summer for the Everton star.

Kyle Walker will keep his place at right-back, with his speed being key to helping the Three Lions to earn the best defensive record among the three contenders left.

John Stones and Harry Maguire will form the central defensive partnership, with the latter having also scored against Ukraine.

The man who provided the assist for that goal was Luke Shaw and the Manchester United star is set to keep his place at left-back.

In midfield, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips will continue as the two holding players after developing a successful partnership at the tournament so far.

Despite having a relatively quiet game against Ukraine, Mount will keep his place as the central attacking midfielder.

To his left will be Raheem Sterling, who has been arguably England’s best player at the tournament so far.

The one change that Southgate will make comes in the right winger spot, with Bukayo Saka returning to the starting line-up in place of Sancho.

Saka won man-of-the-match against the Czech Republic in the final group game before also impressing against Germany in the Last 16.

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But he suffered a knock in training which ruled him out of the match against Ukraine, with Sancho coming into the team.

It appears that Saka has recovered to be fit enough to start one of England’s biggest games of modern times.

Saka, Mount and Sterling will play behind lone striker Harry Kane, who scored twice in the quarter-finals.

Probable England starting line-up to play Denmark: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice; Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane

  • Gareth Southgate
  • Harry Kane
  • Harry Maguire
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Euro 2020
  • England Football Team
  • Jadon Sancho

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