World Cup 2018

See England’s predicted line-up to beat Tunisia

 • by Danny Lee
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The flags are up, the retro Italia 90 shirt is on and England are back in World Cup action.

It has been a long two years since that game against European powerhouses Iceland. But this year, it’s coming home…maybe, just maybe.

Gareth Southgate will be happy with the Three Lions’ opening fixtures against Tunisia and Panama, and will hope to steer England through to the last 16 before they take on the hotly tipped Belgium.

Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli would be considered the envy of most competing nations while Marcus Rashford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trent Alexander-Arnold point to an equally bright future.

Southgate has somehow sidestepped just every trip hazard on the way to Russia, be that the role of an ageing Wayne Rooney, the form of No.1 Joe Hart or Sterling’s penchant for body art.

In fact, the former England Under-21 coach has done so well expectations have risen from the floor. But few are tipping the Three Lions to emulate the boys of ’66 but that can’t be a bad thing.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the England side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

The widget can also show you players’ recent form and stats.

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