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Should Jack Grealish start for England against Germany at Euro 2020? Vote now


England are making their final preparations to face Germany in Euro 2020 last-16 tie of epic proportions at Wembley on Tuesday night. Gareth Southgate has some massive decisions to make for what promises to be a difficult 5pm kick-off.

England drew Germany after finishing top of Group D with seven points thanks to 1-0 wins over Croatia and the Czech Republic and a 0-0 draw against Scotland.

It has been a long wait since last Tuesday’s win over the Czechs and Southgate will have been mulling over his selection while training at St George’s Park.

Bukayo Saka’s exciting performance last week threw another name into the hat for a starting place alongside Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, meaning the line-up is far from certain.

The situation around Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, who have been forced to isolate after coming into contact with Billy Gilmour before he tested positive for COVID-19, has further complicated things.

Mount and Chilwell have been forced to train by themselves over the past week but will end their isolation at midnight on Monday, 17 hours before kick-off.

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The Chelsea duo are therefore available for selection, but after a long week in a hotel room away from the main group, their involvement will require careful consideration from Southgate.

“There’s not only the training part of that but the psychological part of that as well, of course,” the England manager said.

“They’ve had to spend a lot of time in a room on their own, so [it’s] a very difficult situation firstly for the two boys.

“You come to a major tournament, you want to be a part of everything and they’ve had to isolate through this period, which is of course difficult for anybody.”

Should Jack Grealish start for England against Germany? Let us know your thoughts on how England should line up in the comments.

If that is the case, Grealish could well be one of the players to start the game on the bench, with Tyrone Mings, who started the first two games, coming into a bolstered back line.

Another option is for Kyle Walker to move into the right of a back three alongside John Stones and Harry Maguire, with Kieran Trippier or Reece James then playing as the right wing-back.

Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have started all three games in central midfield and it is likely they will continue on Tuesday to provide England’s defence with a shield.

With Kane, Sterling and Foden likely to start as the front three, it seems that Grealish and Saka’s promising performances against the Czech Republic might not be enough to change Southgate’s mind.

But with so many options available and factors to consider, nothing is certain at this stage.





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