Defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Conor Coady, Fiyako Tomori, Luke Shaw and Tyrick Mitchell
Probably, more of an inflated defensive unit than many would have predicted, however with injury concerns of Walker and fitness worries over Maguire, the numbers could well be required in a 26-man squad.
There is no news on City’s right back with Walker unavailable to feature in the Carabao squad last night, and likely the same against Brentford.
A lot will ride on Walker’s fitness with his selection potentially not secure as Southgate called time on Recce James’ race to fitness with some suggesting he could be fit past the group stages.
A gamble is not worth taking. Also, a little weird that he announced his omission prior to Southgate’s official release or is that just me?
His decision gives TAA the selection.
Southgate is likely going to play a back three with operating wing-backs in the latter stages, so there is a chance that options will be needed with a Walker/ White, Stones and Tomori being my favoured back line.
Maguire makes the plane based on his last appearance for Manchester United and tournament experience, while Coady has made a massive impact at Everton. He was also voted the most important player at the Euros without playing a minute, which suggests he is integral in the background and vital for squad harmony.
Ben Chilwell is the biggest loss as he starts ahead of Shaw, but his injury will be beneficial for Mitchell. The Palace defender has been consistent in his performances, so you can argue his selection over Trippier’s unfavoured flank.