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‘No injury’ for Chilwell or Sancho as pair left out by Southgate for ‘balance’

By Tom Canton

Published: June 13, 2021 1:16 pm

Last Updated: June 13, 2021 1:17 pm

Trippier start explained

England kick-off their euro 2020 campaign with a nostalgic fixture against Croatia.

Gareth Southgate and his team were knocked out by their opponents in the World Cup semi-final in 2018.

6 of the starting 11 from that day are still in the team to face Croatia today. Had Harry Maguire been fit, he too would have likely made the cut.

Tyrone Mings comes in alongside John Stones. Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Phil Foden also make their international tournament debuts.

Team news is in!

Your #ThreeLions to face Croatia in our opening game at #EURO2020… 👊 pic.twitter.com/HxYXprXtex

— England (@England) June 13, 2021

The decision to leave Luke Shaw on the bench and Luke Chilwell out of the squad entirely in favour of Kieran Trippier at left-back has surprised many.

However, there has been explanations offered for his place in the team.

Trippier obviously a surprise at LB, but Southgate has often formatted his side to squeeze in some set-piece expertise. The popular choice for wing-backs at WC2018 would have been Walker and Rose, he went for Trippier and Young (partly) for that reason.https://t.co/FjqkNT7Rke

— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) June 13, 2021

Trippier famously scored the free-kick against Croatia in the World Cup semi final and will also be on corners.

Sancho, Chilwell not injured

What surprised England fans even more was the absence of both Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho from the bench.

Gareth Southgate instead chose to select Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka with both centre halves Conor Coady and Ben White included.

It is reported there is ‘no injury’ for the pair and it was done purely to give the squad the ‘right balance.’

No injury for Chilwell or Sancho, all about having the right balance off the bench for England.

— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) June 13, 2021

Sancho’s absence in particular has garnered much…

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