England vs Iran: Predicted lineup and team news for World Cup 2022 group game

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England will be without James Maddison and Kyle Walker for their World Cup opener against Iran.

Maddison is still struggling with a slight knee problem and Gareth Southgate has confirmed that the Leicester midfielder is not ready to play.

The 25-year-old, who was a surprise inclusion in England’s World Cup squad, has struggled since limping off in Leicester’s win over West Ham in the Premier League’s final pre-tournament weekend.

Walker is still working his way back to fitness after groin surgery.

“In terms of player availability, all but James Maddison are available,” Southgate said. “It’s a bit early for Kyle Walker, although it’s ahead of where we thought he’d be at this stage, so that’s a positive.”

Harry Maguire is expected to start in defense despite his struggles for Manchester United.

With Reec James in Qatar, Kieran Trippier is expected to start at right-back and Luke Shaw at left-back.

Jude Bellingham is expected to start alongside Declan Rice in midfield, while Southgate is likely to stick with Raheem Sterling despite his struggles at Cheslea this season.

England predicted XI 3-4-3

England’s possible lineup: Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham, Mount; Sterling, Saka; Kane.

Iran predicted xi 4-1-3- 1

:Beiranvand (GK) – 2. Moharrami, 13. Kanaani, 19. Hosseini, 3. Hajsafi – 6. Ezatolahi – 17. Gholizadeh, 21. Nourollahi, 7. Jahanbakhsh – 9. Taremi, 10. Ansarifard

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