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Why Trippier started vs Croatia & why 2 goalkeepers are on the bench


Why Trippier started vs Croatia & why 2 goalkeepers are on the bench

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.

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 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.’

Sancho’s absence in particular has garnered much attention and questioning.

Both goalkeepers, Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone, were on the bench. This is not a tactical choice instead one set in place by UEFA who require teams to have two natural back-up keeper options available.

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This article was edited by
Benjamin Newman.

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