Jordan Pickford keeps his place between the sticks, although i see him as the weak link no 1 in the team, with Southgate’s preferred back three of Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones, who has shaken off a calf knock to be fit for this game.
Kieran Tripper returns at right-back with Ashley Young who is the second weakness in the team on the other flank. Liverpool Jordan Henderson at the heart of the midfield. Dele Alli fresh from two games rest is set to take his place in the middle of the park.
Jesse Lingard will return after scoring against Panama in the group stages with Raheem Sterling also coming back into the team but Marcus Rashford will have to settle for a place on the bench. Harry Kane will skipper the side as he looks to continue his race for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
Probable team: Pickford, Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Sterling, Kane
Right now we are all so griped by this all important match, a lot of the fans are already thinking of a semifinal or a final game but England has to get over this Columbia hurdle. Get over this and the world at their feet, then we can start to dream but right now the dream is just too far away and vague.
Sweden will be having same dream having beaten Switzerland today and also Columbia as well will have same dream as England.
This is the world cup lets enjoy and hope.
And lets us hope the weakness in the team will not be exposed today.