Merson includes Rashford in England’s controversial squad for World Cup opener against Iran

Paul Merson picked the starting line-up he played for England in the opening match of the World Cup against Iran, which is interesting to say the least.

It is worth noting that this type of content is definitely an opportunity to get clicks and generate controversy, so Merson and Sky Sports They got me where they want me here.

England will meet Iran, Wales and the United States in Group B at this winter’s tournament in Qatar, the first time it has been held in the Middle East and in the middle of the season.

There is a lot of debate about who should start with the Three Lions at the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s side face Italy on Friday night, and you expect it to be the perfect line-up for him in the tournament.

The England boss has received a lot of criticism for his current squad, with the likes of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw holding their place. Despite his fight for club-level match time for Manchester United.

While there were no glaring absentees, United winger Jadon Sancho and Arsenal defender Benjamin White are feeling awkward at not being included.

On Wednesday, the former Premier League striker Chris Sutton said that there are only four players who are key players in England at the World Cup.

He believes that Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane will start the business and that no other player is guaranteed to do so.

I agree with him, although I would say that Manchester City midfielder John Stones should definitely be a key player in Qatar.

Merson included all five in his starting lineup for the match against Qatar, which is a good start if you ignore the rest of the team.

Four defense is what the former Arsenal midfielder has been striving for. 4-3-3 appears. Cute – good. I love that; Although I’m not sure Gareth does.

The right-back is arguably the most controversial position in the entire team.

Southgate has Trent Alexander Arnold, Kyle Walker, Rhys James and Kieran Trippier to choose from.

So what did Merson do to counter this? Three of the four started of course.

Trent is a right-back, with Walker playing as a central defender in a (probably) four-way defense for the first time, and in a major tournament no less.

That’s a real shame for Fikayo Tomori, who has been so brilliant since leaving Chelsea for Milan last summer.

Trippier enters at left-back as well, ahead of actual left-backs Shaw and Ben Chilwell.

In my humble opinion, James is the best of the four, however he’s not joining Merson’s squad.

At least the stones are there. every cloud.

The midfield starts with Rice as the anchor, which is fair enough. No place for Calvin Phillips, who might not be fit in time to playbut it probably is.

Phil Foden and Mason Mount are the other midfielders. Mount who has fallen eerily out of shape for Chelsea, and Foden, who rarely plays as a midfielder.

No place for Judd Bellingham, according to Mears. Really a shame, because he entered the eleventh.

The front three have Kane leading the line, with Sterling and Marcus Rashford on either side of their leader.

Sterling on the right is a debate in itself, as Foden or Bukayo Saka is likely to play there. The Chelsea man must have been on the left because he has only played there for the vast majority of his career.

Rashford started the season well, but he wasn’t even in the latest squad. Yes, he has an injury. But that’s no guarantee he would have been guaranteed as he hasn’t played for his country since losing a penalty kick in the Euro 2020 defeat on penalties to Italy last year.

Taking off my goggles draped in mermaids, I have to admit that Rashford has to be in this team if he’s fit, and on Jarrod Bowen, who has been pretty poor this season.

Saka and Foden are definitely ahead of Rashford in the standings, and one of them should start on the right. Either or right. Did not matter. Both are wonderful.

For what it’s worth, this is England’s 11th team. I doubt this will get as many clicks as Team Merson.

Aaron Ramsdale; Phil Neville, Ben White, Titus Bramble, Kieran Tripper; Jimmy O’Hara, Ethan Nwaneri, Danny Murphy; Ricky Lambert, Grant Holt, Darren Hockerby.

mixes. It’s this:

Pickford. James, Tomori; Stones, Chilwell; Rice, Phillips, Bellingham; Saka, Sterling, Ken.