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England v Belgium: Mainoo leads trio of first-time starters for Three Lions


Kobbie Mainoo, Ivan Toney and Ezri Konsa will make their first England starts against Belgium tonight.

Manchester United teenager Mainoo comes in for Conor Gallagher and has the chance to stake a claim for a regular place alongside Declan Rice at the base of England’s midfield.

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Brentford striker Toney is another with a point to prove with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate only likely to take one back-up to Harry Kane to this summer’s European Championship. Ollie Watkins had a quiet game against Brazil on Saturday, leaving the door ajar for Toney to jump ahead of the Aston Villa man in the pecking order.

Konsa will play at right-back with Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold all absent through injury. The 26-year-old won his first cap on Saturday when he came on for Walker in the first half of the 1-0 defeat to Brazil.

Jarrod Bowen comes in for Anthony Gordon while Harry Maguire misses out through injury with Lewis Dunk deputising.

Rice captains England for the first time on his 50th appearance.

Belgium will be captained by Romelu Lukaku but they are without the injured Kevin De Bruyne.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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