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    Premier League News: Bellingham and Saka play for England’s attacking side in the first leg of the World Cup

    Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka were named in the attack-minded England starting squad in Monday’s World Cup opener against Iran.

    England manager Gareth Southgate was regularly criticized throughout his tenure for his penchant for playing pragmatic football, and his unadventurous midfield pairings were often a disappointment.

    But Southgate appears to be throwing caution to the wind – to a degree – as the Three Lions look to get off to a quick start in Group B at Khalifa International Stadium.

    Fans have been particularly eager to see Bellingham in the starting XI more often over the past year, with Borussia Dortmund’s talented midfielder getting the chance to make his mark before the end of the tournament alongside Declan Rice and Mason Mount in a visionary drive. room.

    There has also been some uncertainty as to who Southgate could start from the flank, but Arsenal winger Saka, who has started the domestic season well, is getting a nod on the right flank, with Raheem Sterling starting from the left in support. Harry Kane.

    Another relative surprise was Southgate’s decision to use what appeared to be a back four, often using three centre-backs and two full-backs.

    Southgate vowed to continue choosing Harry Maguire as centre-back despite his poor form and lack of minutes at club level for Manchester United, and he kept his word by naming him next to John Stones.

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