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Monday Nov 21 2022
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Reuters

England keep faith with Maguire, Azmoun on bench for Iran

By
Reuters

England players on the pitch before the match. — AFP
England players on the pitch before the match. — AFP
  • England manager Gareth Southgate keeps faith with centre back Harry Maguire, including him in a back four to play Iran.
  • Maguire, who has been out of favour at club side Manchester United this season, starts alongside John Stones in a back four. 
  • England are without midfielder James Maddison, who is nursing a knee injury.


DOHA: England manager Gareth Southgate kept faith with centre back Harry Maguire, including him in a back four to play Iran, who will start with star forward Sardar Azmoun on the bench for the World Cup Group B encounter on Monday.

Maguire, who has been out of favour at club side Manchester United this season, starts alongside John Stones in a back four, with Southgate opting against his usual three-man backline for the encounter at Khalifa International Stadium.

England are without midfielder James Maddison, who is nursing a knee injury, while Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling will play in a three-man frontline with captain Harry Kane.

Azmoun has not played since injuring his calf at the start of October.

England: Jordan Pickford, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling

Iran: Alireza Beiranvand, Sadegh Moharrami, Ehsan Hajsafi, Milad Mohammadi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mehdi Taremi, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Ali Karimi, Majid Hosseini, Ahmad Nourollahi