Kieran Trippier set to CAPTAIN England for the first time against Wales at Wembley tonight… with Atletico Madrid defender taking the armband as Gareth Southgate selects an inexperienced side for friendly
- Kieran Trippier is set to lead England out at Wembley Stadium against Wales
- The Atletico Madrid right back will take the armband on his 22nd appearance
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bukayo Saka set to win their first caps from the start
- Gareth Southgate’s side play Wales tonight before two Nations League games
Kieran Trippier is in line to captain England for the first time tonight as Gareth Southgate selects an inexperienced side to face Wales.
The Atletico Madrid full back has been a mainstay of England manager Southgate’s plans – making 21 appearances under the current national team-boss.
And the 30-year-old is set to be confirmed as Three Lions captain for the friendly against Ryan Giggs’ men in the absence of Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Eric Dier.
Kieran Trippier will captain England for the very first time on Thursday night against Wales
The right back has 21 caps and 1 goal, in the 2018 World Cup semi-final loss against Croatia
England boss Gareth Southgate will name an inexperienced starting XI for the Wales clash
On his 22nd cap, Trippier will be the elder statesmen in a experimental side that will see Southgate unleash an exciting new-look attacking trio of Jack Grealish, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Danny Ings.
As Sportsmail revealed last night – Everton striker Calvert-Lewin and Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka are ready to make their England debuts from the start at Wembley just days after their first call-ups.
Calvert-Lewin is set to be joined by Southampton striker Danny Ings, who is in line to win his first start for England, and Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish who is poised to be rewarded for his brilliant form with a full international debut.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks set to make his England debut from the start
Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka will also be rewarded for his good club form with a first cap
Elsewhere, Nick Pope, as revealed by Sportsmail earlier this week, will start in goal behind a back three consisting of Conor Coady, Michael Keane and either Joe Gomez.
Trippier is set to start at right-wing back, while Saka is expected to play on the opposite flank for his international bow.
Tottenham lynchpin Harry Winks is in line to start in midfield alongside Leeds man Kalvin Phillips.
ENGLAND 3-4-3 (predicted): Pope; Keane, Coady, Gomez; Trippier, Winks, Phillips, Saka; Ings, Calvert-Lewin, Grealish
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