‘Why change it now?’ – England should stick with same XI to face Croatia

first_imgBut Allardyce has given his backing to under-fire Sterling and believes Southgate will stick with the same XI that has got the Three Lions this far.“I wouldn’t change it, not now,” the former Three Lions boss said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast“Gareth has decided that is his strongest XI and it’s got them this far, so why change it now?“I think Raheem Sterling will play. The only thing Sterling has failed to do is score a goal and, at the end of the day, all the front lads have failed to score from open play. They haven’t scored many – we’ve been a set-play team. 2 2 “I wouldn’t see Gareth changing it now. I wouldn’t see him changing the system. I’d see him going in with full confidence, resting those players up and saying, ‘off you go lads, get us to the final’.Allardyce says the final is well within England’s grasp, telling talkSPORT the Three Lions have ‘more confidence and more talent’ than their semi-final opponents.“Of course we can make the final,” Big Sam added.“Having watched Croatia against Russia, and seeing that their last two games both went to extra-time and penalties, we know they have some talent but I think we have more confidence and more talent than them.“Perhaps they are stronger in midfield than us, but I can’t see anywhere else where they are stronger than we are.“The confidence England have at the moment and looking at the Croatia side, I think we are favourites.“Let’s hope we can live up to that reputation and do the business.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Sweden in the World Cup semi-finals: Wednesday July 11 – KICK OFF 7PM EST Southgate with England captain Harry Kane – who is still the top scorer at the World Cup Raheem Sterling is one of Gareth Southgate’s key England players, despite having struggled for goals in Russia Gareth Southgate will NOT change his system or starting XI for England’s upcoming World Cup semi-final against Croatia, believes former boss Sam Allardyce.The Three Lions beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to seal their place in the last-four of a World Cup for the first time since 1990.Only one England team in history has gone further in the competition than Southgate’s men – Sir Alf Ramsey’s 1966 champions – but many are calling for the boss to change his team for what appears to be their toughest test yet in Russia.It has been suggested England start with another holding player alongside Jordan Henderson to combat Croatia’s world-class midfield, which includes Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.Some frustrated fans have also called for Marcus Rashford to replace Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City flyer wasted a number of goalscoring chances against the Swedes – continuing his England goal drought which stretches all the way back to October 2015.last_img read more