GARETH SOUTHGATE is set to give England’s young stars the chance to seal qualification against San Marino on Monday.
The Three Lions make the trip to the Group I minnows knowing a point is all they need to qualify for next year’s Qatar World Cup.
Southgate-favourite Saka did not feature in England’s last outing – a 5-0 thrashing of Albania at Wembley last Friday.
They will be given the chance to prove their winning credentials on Monday night in the tiny San Marino Stadium.
Also handed a first start will be goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who is set to be rewarded for a string of impressive performances for Arsenal.
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The stopper will play behind an experienced defensive trio of Tyrone Mings, Harry Maguire, and Conor Coady as Southgate retains his favoured formation.
Ben Chilwell gets the nod on the left after slotting into the XI against Albania with Luke Shaw out as he recovers from a concussion.
Trent Alexander-Arnold comes in on the right for Reece James in a position rich with talent for England.
Southgate has cautioned against complacency in the build-up and he is not about to throw his youngsters into the fray without a few experienced heads.
Skipper Harry Kane keeps his place following his perfect hat-trick at Wembley and will be hoping to move closer to Wayne Rooney’s goal record.
And workaholic Kalvin Phillips is trusted to anchor the midfield alongside the talented Bellingham.
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