No Man Utd or Liverpool player in England tournament team for first time in 29 years
ENGLAND faced Croatia without any Liverpool or Manchester United players in the starting line-up.
It is the first time since Euro 92 that the Three Lions have started without a player from those two clubs, per OptaJoe.
England drew that match with France 0-0 so Gareth Southgate will hope his bold decision pays off this time around.
Marcus Rashford started in the final warm-up game against Romania last Sunday.
He even scored from the penalty spot but has not done enough to beat Raheem Sterling to a starting place.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who missed a penalty last week, also misses out despite playing 45 minutes last time out.
He has struggled for fitness after picking up an injury against Everton in February.
Luke Shaw may be the most surprising omission of any United or Liverpool player.
He has been in fine form this season but Gareth Southgate has opted to play Kieran Trippier at left-back, despite his natural position being on the right.
EURO 2020 BETTING SPECIAL – NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS
- Group kings: 30/1 on England to qualify for the knockouts
- Opening game: England 35/1 to beat Croatia
- Shirt deal: England 20/1 to wear white home shirt
- Sharp shooters: 40/1 England to have 2+ shots on target v Croatia
- Bet builder: 88/1 tip for England vs Croatia
WIN £50,000 with Dream Team Euros
Dream Team Euros is HERE!
The best fantasy football game to accompany Euro 2020 has arrived.
And you can play absolutely FREE for your chance to win the £50,000 jackpot.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE!
Dream Team Euros
- £50,000 jackpot
- The best fantasy football game this summer
- Play in mini-leagues against your mates, colleagues, family members – and some hand-picked celebrities
- FREE to play
Most read in Football
ENGLAND 0 CROATIA 0
Half-time as Three Lions dominate first half and Foden hits post early
Doctor admits there's 'no explanation' why Eriksen collapsed on pitch
Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest & 'was gone' but 'we got him back', doc says
Majority of England fans respect taking knee & drown out any attempts to boo
FOOTBALL IS HOME
Fans pack pubs as England start Euros after 55yrs of hurt – COME ON, BOYS!
England fans baffled after Chilwell and Sancho left out of squad vs Croatia
Four Manchester City stars were named in the starting eleven; Sterling, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Phil Foden were all in the team.
Harry Maguire is the other United player in the squad but he was left out from the matchday squad due to injury.
United transfer target Jadon Sancho also missed out, as did Ben Chilwell.
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.