Should Gareth Southgate make any changes to his England team?


England host their oldest rivals at Wembley on Friday night having opened their Euro 2020 Group D account with victory over Croatia, while Scotland went down to a 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic.

While there are 40 places between England and Scotland in the Fifa world rankings, the derby-like feel is likely to somewhat even the odds.

Should Gareth Southgate tinker with his side in view of the fact it is Scotland next? We have asked our writers to select who they would like to see tackle the Scots…

Sam Dean

Sam Dean's XI to face Scotland

It feels harsh on Kieran Trippier to pull him out of the team after his performance against Croatia, but a left-footed option at left-back could make a significant difference in this second game. England will see plenty of the ball, with Scotland likely to defend deep, and Luke Shaw will provide more natural width than the right-footed Trippier, who naturally tends to come inside. No other changes.

Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace's XI to face Scotland

There will be lots of energy from Scotland who will try to knock England out of their rhythm. Kalvin Phillips flourished as a more advanced midfielder so Declan Rice is the only true defensive player in the middle three. Ben White offers protection against the more mobile, nippy Che Adams who will surely now start. Jack Grealish gives England the option of breaking the lines when the Scots sit deep.

Luke Edwards

Luke Edwards's XI to face Scotland

I would still like to see one of the specialist left-backs playing at left-back, as it gives the team more balance in defence and attack. I do not think you can break up the Rice-Phillips partnership in front of defence and Phil Foden gets one more chance to show he should start instead of Marcus Rashford.

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Jason Burt

Jason Burt's XI to face Scotland

England can afford to make changes because pacing themselves through the tournament is key. Rotating the full-backs is an obvious one but, also, Mason Mount has played a lot of football and Foden tired against Croatia.

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson's XI to face Scotland

A positive start with what looked like a balanced team that was both defensively secure and created plenty of chances. Finding settled and confident partnerships all over the pitch will be critical to England’s chances and so no need to change anything, especially with so many options off the bench.

Mike McGrath

Mike McGrath's XI to face Scotland

I would play a left-footed left-back to maximise attacking down that flank. Grealish also deserves a chance, with Foden coming off the bench in the second half.

John Percy

John Percy's XI to face Scotland

There’s no point ripping apart a winning team, but Grealish should get a chance ahead of Foden. Scotland’s defence will be well-organised and resilient, but they also lack pace: Grealish has the invention to create chances and his direct running with the ball will be a problem for them.

Chris Bascombe

Chris Bascombe's XI to face Scotland

Why change? None of the arguments to do so make much sense after the Croatia win. Trippier will obviously be left-back against tougher opponents, so let him build on the momentum of an encouraging start. If Grealish comes in on the left, Raheem Sterling would move right. What’s the point? And there’s plenty of scope for subs if needed. Win this game, secure qualification and make wholesale changes in the last group game.

Jim White

Jim White's XI to face Scotland

This is a game that comes with significant emotional baggage so it might be best to stick to a winning format. Even so, as well as putting a left-footed player on the left side of the defence, I would bring in Grealish to give him some game time. Harsh on Mount, perhaps, but I believe room always needs to be found for Grealish. 

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