David James tells Gareth Southgate to drop two Chelsea stars against Wales | Football

Gareth Southgate has some big decisions to make ahead of England’s World Cup clash against Wales (Picture: Getty)

Former England goalkeeper David James has urged Gareth Southgate to drop Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling against Wales this evening.

The Three Lions boss has named the same starting XI for both of England’s World Cup matches in Qatar so far but is set to ring the changes this evening.

Southgate’s side need only to avoid a 4-0 defeat to ensure they qualify for the knockout stages and a point could be good enough to guarantee top spot depending on the result between Iran and USA.

Chelsea stars Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling both came in for criticism during the goalless stalemate against America on Friday and James believes both players should drop to the bench this evening.

‘I’d drop Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling for Phil Foden and Jack Grealish,’ James told Football Insights.

‘When it comes to Phil Foden, I feel for Gareth Southgate. There are so many conversations about who he should start. I respectfully say Foden plays for a Man City side you’d probably argue is better than England, therefore what you see Foden doing for City, you have to ask has he got the players around him to do that for England?

‘There’s not a massive gulf between them, but you are in a system where you’re dependent on Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, two players who I think most would say are the best in the world at what they do. So the question is will Foden make England that much better. I think he’s a fantastic player and if he starts I won’t complain.

‘Same with Marcus Rashford, when he came on against Iran, albeit in a game they already won he was showing his Man Utd form and you’re thinking this is a hungry, talented guy, why isn’t he starting earlier?

‘If you’re Gareth, you know what you’re doing, you got the point and top of the group, but if you’re an England fan you’re thinking you could have changed it to make it comfortable. I hope Foden starts, I hope Rashford starts, but if we had all my hoping starters you’d have 17 players on the pitch.

‘I think Jack Grealish’ style of play suits England for the World Cup. There were some Premier League players in the US team, but when you come up against a Wales side whose style is British, Grealish would suit that.

‘I’m an England fan who thinks we’ll win the World Cup, so the likes of Foden, Grealish and Rashford will get their moment and it will be positive, whether it’s Wales or later.

‘I like where Rashford seems to be at the moment, a season’s worth of form has dips and the World Cup is a month, so if you have someone who is in the right frame of mind, he looks like the guy who is in his best state.

‘Against Iran, it was technically brilliant and you could see how hungry he was. So I’d start him. If it’s Raheem Sterling or Grealish, I’d go Grealish, and on the right side you’ve got Saka, I’d have him pushed up.’

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