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GARETH will want to see some big performances when England welcome the Republic of Ireland to Wembley for Thursday night’s international friendly.

  The last international break was a mixed bag for England: a rotated side saw off Wales in a comfortable 3-0 friendly win before the Three Lions earned an impressive 2-1 comeback win against Belgium in the Nations League – currently the world’s No.1 ranked team.

  However, England threw away all their hard work against Belgium as they slumped to a dour 1-0 home defeat to Denmark to slip to third in their Nations group.

  With the rescheduled European Championships on the horizon, there are still plenty of squad places up for grabs – and Southgate needs to see a little more discipline and consistency from this squad if they are to genuinely challenge next year.

  The match is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

  The international friendly match will be held behind closed doors at Wembley Stadium.

  Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced to withdraw from Southgate’s squad after picking up a calf injury during Liverpool’s draw at Manchester City on Sunday and his Reds teammate, Joe Gomez was then ruled out after suffering an injury in England training on Wednesday.

  Marcus Rashford is also a doubt, though the Manchester United forward will join up with England before being assessed for a shoulder injury.

  Here are the players fit for  the three lionsGoalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Man United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

  Defenders: Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Man United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Man City), Reece James (Chelsea), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

  Midfielders: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Phil Foden (Man City)

  Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City)

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