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England v Germany Preview - Can The Three Lions Silence The Doubters?

11 November 2017, 01:06 | Andy Ferguson

Gareth Southgate has plenty of tough decisions to make Credit Reuters Getty images Action images

Gareth Southgate has plenty of tough decisions to make
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Tottenham trio Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Dele Alli all pulled out, as did Manchester City stars Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph.

The depleted squad allows Southgate to field a line-up from a pool of youngsters including Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who received their first call-ups to the senior squad. England-based players Mesut Ozil, Emre Can, Leroy Sane and Antonio Rudiger will all hope to make an impression, while the likes of Timo Werner, Niklas Sule, Marvin Plattenhardt, Mario Gotze and Julian Draxler need a big performance as they attempt to convince Low that they should be part of his favoured starting XI ahead of next year's tournament.

Here, we rank each of the 49 contenders for a spot by the chances they have of making the final 23 - as things stand. Form, injuries, recent call-ups and experience have all been considered, as we predict: who's on the plane to Russian Federation 2018?

'I have man-to-man discussions with them around where they are at and how much risk we want to take.

"I've really enjoyed the week. We'll take more from these games than any of the qualification games".

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Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Wednesday his top scorer Kane would be fit for Premier League trip to Arsenal on 18 November.

'The players are injured and can not play, ' Southgate told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I hear this talk of club v country - it's nonsense".

'I am not a manager who wants to reel players out until they break. England host current FIFA World Champions Germany at Wembley on Friday and Brazil four days later.

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