England team news latest: Kyle Walker to start against Wales

England team news latest: Kyle Walker to start against Wales - GETTY IMAGES
England team news latest: Kyle Walker to start against Wales - GETTY IMAGES

Kyle Walker is in line to start his first England game at this World Cup against Wales, but it remains to be seen whether it will be in a back three or a back four.

Manager Gareth Southgate is expected to make minor changes to his team, with Jordan Henderson expected to come in, potentially at the expense of Jude Bellingham.

There could also be changes in attack with Marcus Rashford, who scored against Iran, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all pushing for starts.

But, as reported by Telegraph Sport, captain Harry Kane does not want a rest as he chases Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record at the World Cup, with the current captain just two goals behind the all-time record of 53.

James Maddison is now fit for selection after returning to training at the weekend, although he is not expected to start against Wales, while defender Ben White missed training on Monday through illness.

On the issue of resting players, Southgate said: “I’ve got to balance freshness with stability, so that’s always a decision you are making when you pick the team.

“We haven’t qualified yet. We are not in a scenario that we had when we played Belgium in Russia and we were qualified. It was a case of first or second. We didn’t really know what would be beneficial when we picked the team. And then we had two days of ‘why are we changing the team’ even though we had qualified.

“I’ve sort of worked out how all of this works. If we change it, we shouldn’t have. If we win it was justified, if we don’t it wasn’t. We just have to make the best decisions with the information we have and prepare the team in the best possible way.

“We want to play well. We want to win the group, we want to win football matches. There has to be a balance of freshness. Without a doubt the two games have taken a lot out of the players. But also stability. If you make lots of changes you can lose a bit of rhythm as well.”