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Ross Barkley missed the World Cup but is back in England contention
Gareth Southgate must turn to Ross Barkley to help inspire England to victory in Croatia, according to you, the Sky Sports readers.
Southgate’s side face their World Cup semi-final conquerors in Rijeka on Friday, live on Sky Sports, and we asked you who should feature in his XI.
Chelsea midfielder Barkley missed out on the Russia showpiece in the summer after injuries and poor form disrupted his 2017/18 campaign. But the talented playmaker is now back in the national team squad – and one of your most popular picks in midfield.
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With Tottenham’s Dele Alli withdrawing from the squad due to injury, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard were the most-chosen players to join Barkley in midfield.
Barkley says he wants to follow in the footsteps of former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne when playing for the national team
Behind them, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was far and away the number one choice to take the gloves, while Manchester City pair Kyle Walker and John Stones received a high percentage of selections, as well as Spurs wing-back Kieran Trippier and Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire.
England’s XI to face Croatia – as selected by Sky Sports readers
At left-back, Maguire’s club team-mate Ben Chilwell gets the nod, after United’s Luke Shaw and Spurs’ Danny Rose pulled out of the game with injury.
Up front, United’s Marcus Rashford was the preferred choice to partner England skipper and Spurs star Harry Kane.
But will that line-up have enough to win in Croatia? You can select your own team below.
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