England boss Gareth Southgate has said he “commits a crime” every time he picks a team because of the players he has to leave out.
The former English defender will also be making changes for Tuesday’s match with Hungary. With three world cup qualifying games remaining, England need two wins to reach next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden was the pick of several standout players in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Andorra. Foden provided an assist during a majestic performance for a much-changed England in Andorra. Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell netted their first international goals, while Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse, and Bukayo Saka were also on the scoresheet.
“We want the squad to feel involved. It is important they know their value and can contribute; it wasn’t a friendly [against Andorra], there were qualification points at stake and I was really pleased with the quality of the performance as well as the application,” Southgate added.
“I have a headache and commit a crime every time I pick a team. We have such strong competition for places; there were lots of players who did their own confidence and reputation the world of good the other day and that is pleasing to see.
“We can’t be a team that has a day off. We want to keep consistency, and we’ve had that throughout this calendar year. Everyone has pride in putting the shirt on.”
After Hungary, England will round off their qualification campaign next month, facing Albania at Wembley on 12 November followed by a trip to San Marino three days later.
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