Jadon Sancho and Danny Rose will both start for England this evening in Prague
Oct. 11, 2019
Jadon Sancho will start for England against Czech Republic ahead of Marcus Rashford... while Danny Rose beats Ben Chilwell to left back spot
England boss Gareth Southgate is set to keep faith with Jadon Sancho for tonight’s Euro 2020 clash in Czech Republic.
The Borussia Dortmund winger - who scored a brace in England’s previous game against Kosovo - is poised for a second straight start ahead of Marcus Rashford.
Elsewhere, Michael Keane is set to partner Harry Maguire in central defence - while Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose are poised to start at full back.
Mason Mount, as Sportsmail revealed yesterday, will play in an advanced midfield role for his full England debut, with Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice poised to start at the base of England’s engine room.
Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, who said yesterday he ‘dreams’ everyday of lifting the European Championship trophy at Wembley next summer, and Jadon Sancho are likely to get the nod in attack, with Marcus Rashford sweating on his place in the starting XI.
Meanwhile, England have been were caught in an explosive race row after Bulgarian football chiefs made an official complaint to UEFA amid the fears of racial abuse at Monday’s clash in Sofia.
Gareth Southgate’s side face Czech Republic here in Prague tonight where victory will book their place at Euro 2020 - but the clash has been overshadowed by a letter sent to European football’s governing body by the president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov which blasts England’s behaviour in the lead up to Monday’s qualifier.
Former Bulgaria goalkeeper Mihaylov has written to UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis, warning that what they describe as the FA's fixation with racism in Bulgaria could increase tension ahead of next week's Group A clash.
Speaking last month England boss Gareth Southgate expressed concerns that his players could face potential racial abuse in Sofia, while black players such as Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori has discussed the potentiality of prejudicial taunts earlier this week - which has served to intensify Bulgaria’s anger.
Part of the Vasil Levski Stadium will be closed on Monday night as punishment after Bulgaria supporters were found guilty of racist behaviour against Kosovo and Czech Republic in June.
Southgate, who suggested his players will respect the UEFA’s three step protocol if there are racial flashpoints in the games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria, moved to placate tensions yesterday, saying: ‘I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked.
‘That will then be relayed however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.
‘So, if I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.
‘We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.
‘I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own.
‘What happened in Hartlepool a couple of weeks ago was probably worse than things I’ve seen or heard about in many other countries in the world. So, I think we have to be very careful in how we cover everything.’
In his letter to UEFA, Mihaylov wrote: 'The Bulgarian Football Union, the Bulgarian general public and I personally find offensive due to unjust branding of the local spectators as people inclined to discriminatory behaviour.
'We at the Bulgarian Football Union feel that this fixation on potential incidents during the game in Sofia does not do justice to the Bulgarian supporters, the general public and to the extreme efforts and measures that the Bulgarian Football Union has taken in order to ensure a fair and safe environment for what we believe to be a true footballing spectacle.’
ENGLAND (4-2-1-2-1): Pickford; Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose; Henderson, Rice; Mount, Sterling, Sancho; Kane.