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By Theodore Gardener

Keen to show the doubters and critics flawed, England face off in opposition to Slovenia on the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne at 8pm (UK time) tonight.

It is the ultimate group recreation of England’s Euro 2024 marketing campaign. Their qualification was confirmed final evening as Albania fell victims to a 1-0 loss from Group B winners – Spain.

The recreation holds a distinct that means for Southgate’s males. An alternative to ensure a top-placed end of their group, and a chance to get the nation again onside after a poor exhibiting in opposition to Denmark as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw.

Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer have come beneath criticism lately for his or her response to the draw, with Harry Kane saying: “All I would say is remember what it is like to wear the shirt and that their words are listened to. I am sure they want us to win a major tournament and being as helpful as they can and building the lads up with confidence would be a much better way of going about it.”

Tonight’s match not solely offers England an opportunity to hit again on the criticism on the pitch, but additionally to kick begin the remainder of their marketing campaign with a resolute victory.

It is acquainted terrain for England as they’ve discovered themselves in the identical place of their final two main tournaments – attracts of their center group recreation in opposition to Scotland and the USA adopted by an announcement victory in opposition to Czech Republic and Wales within the closing group recreation. They shall be hoping to emulate the identical response tonight.

Southgate is predicted to largely stick to the identical line-up as was seen within the first two video games. Reportedly, Premier League Player of the Season Phil Foden will preserve his place within the facet amidst criticism. The solely change anticipated to be seen tonight is the dropping of Trent Alexander-Arnold, changing him with the extra midfield-accustomed Conor Gallagher.