Jack Wilshere has revealed who he thinks England manager Gareth Southgate should pick in his starting 11 against Germany in the last-16 of Euro 2020.
The Three Lions’ opponents in the knock-out round was confirmed on Wednesday evening as Group F wrapped up their matches.
Thrilling games between Germany and Hungary and Portugal and France had England’s next opponents changing multiple times, with each fixture ending 2-2.
Now pundits and fans alike are trying to guess who Southgate will choose to face Die Mannschaft, including Wilshere, who revealed his starting XI after a disagreement on social media with Gary Neville.
Former England star Neville left Jack Grealish and Phil Foden out of his side and after Wilshere criticised his choices, Neville asked to see who the ex-Arsenal man would choose.
He selected: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Mings, James, Rice, Phillips, Saka, Sterling, Grealish and Kane.
The former Arsenal star wrote in response to Neville: “There you go mate…. Sterling instead of Foden because he is our only goalscorer atm. Lets have a go and take control, get an early goal then make changes. Remember we have 5 subs.”
England topped their group after defeating Croatia and the Czech Republic 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with Scotland.
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While many have criticised England’s attack, particularly against Scotland, being able to keep clean sheets throughout the tournament so far has impressed.
And Southgate himself has praised keeper Jordan Pickford for his work in goal.
He said: “I think he’s been excellent. The last couple of months of the season, his performances have been very calm for his club.
“He has been decisive at the right moments for us and has made good decisions with the ball at his feet. You have seen the range of passing that he’s got. He has dropped a few in to the front players. He has been able to play through the lines.
“He’s in a really good place and he’s given us a really solid start point for what has been strong defence from the whole team.”
While England’s route to the last-16 was seemingly smooth sailing, Germany’s Euros have been rather bumpy.
There was a period of time on Wednesday evening where they were heading out of the tournament after Hungary enjoyed a 1-0 and then 2-1 lead over them.
However, Joachim Löw’s side remained in the match and Leon Goretzka scored in the 84th to keep their tournament hopes alive.
Löw, who will step down as Germany manager after the Euros, said post-match: “We showed extremely good morale and fought until the equalizer fell. It was not for the faint of heart.
“We knew that Hungary would defend everything and run in, just like against France. The fact that we fell behind again right after the 1:1 was kind of bad.
“In the end, you have to say, advancing through this group was good. You can see that other teams are struggling, like France or Spain. The so-called ‘little ones’ defend with everything they have and have nothing to lose.”