Early England team news: Liverpool 24-yr-old starts in attacking line-up v Slovenia - Sky Sports
By Danny Wright
Liverpool summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start for England in their World Cup qualifier clash against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims that the 24-year-old Liverpool ace will start in an “attacking quartet” alongside Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and captain-for-the-night Harry Kane.
It is understood that Joe Hart will keep his place in goal behind a back four of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is believed to be the other Anfield ace in the starting line-up as he starts in the centre of midfield with Eric Dier.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli will serve a one-match suspension for the clash with Slovenia, in which a win will be enough to see England secure their spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer on their own terms.
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A draw may be enough if other results go the way of the Three Lions, however there’s no doubt that Gareth Southgate will want the job done as soon as possible and with little drama.
England drew 0-0 with their previous meeting with Slovenia in Ljubljana just under a year ago.
However with an attacking line-up like what Southgate is understood to be using on Thursday night, there’s little chance that the Slovenians will be able to keep a clean sheet, especially with Kane in such fine form.
In other Liverpool news, this Reds forward has confirmed he has suffered a major injury blow and will be out for months.