England leaked team news v Netherlands with Manchester United & Aston Villa stars ‘to be benched’

Luke Shaw is reportedly set to remain on the bench for England's Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands.Luke Shaw is reportedly set to remain on the bench for England's Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands.
Luke Shaw is reportedly set to remain on the bench for England's Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands. | Getty Images
Gareth Southgate is reportedly set to make a big defensive call for the Euro 2024 semi-final.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is reportedly set to remain on the bench for England’s Euro 2024 semi-final clash against the Netherlands on Wednesday night.

The defender played 42 minutes in Saturday’s win over Switzerland, his first football since February due to persistent injuries. Shaw declared himself fit to start against the Netherlands in Monday’s pre-match press conference, a possibility Gareth Southgate must have considered given he remains the only natural left-back in the squad.

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Kieran Trippier has deputised in that role during the Euros, and has received mixed reviews, but reports have suggested the Newcastle United full-back will continue on the left for the semi-final.

According to the Sun, Southgate has ‘doubts over Shaw's ability to last 90 minutes’ and will instead stick with Trippier. The outlet adds that England will make one change from the quarter-finals with Marc Guehi returning to the side to replace Ezri Konsa.

The Aston Villa centre-back impressed against Switzerland with Guehi suspended, although the latter had also performed well in the previous four games of the tournament.

It means England should line-up with a back three of Kyle Walker, John Stones and Guehi, ahead of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Bukayo Saka and Tripper are expected to play in the wing-back roles, with Kobbie Mainoo and Declan Rice in midfield. England fans will hope a front three of Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane provide more of an attacking threat on Wednesday than in previous games.

The winner of Wednesday night’s second semi-final will face Spain on Sunday, after Luis de la Fuente’s secured their spot in the final courtesy of a 2-1 over France.

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