Planned lineup, confirmed team news and latest injuries for World Cup qualifying
The Leeds forward finally got his first senior call-up for the final World Cup qualifying treble not even making the provisional squad for this summer’s European Championship, but failed seen the pitch in Thursday’s 4-0 victory over Hungary which was marred by racist abuse targeting Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham by some of the home fans in Budapest.
Bamford’s chances of starting against the Group I minnows in England’s first home game since losing the Euro Final to Italy on penalties appeared to have increased earlier this week after the Everton leader Dominic Calvert-Lewin was forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury.
“It’s a special time for him and for his family. You always think of the people who helped you on this journey,” Southgate said when discussing Bamford’s potential debut at his press conference before. -match Saturday.
“We want him to do what he does every week with his club. He has integrated very well into the squad, he hasn’t had a lot of time yet to be able to train with us but I think that he really has a clear picture of how we like to play.
“We just want him to go and enjoy his football. It’s an opportunity and he shouldn’t put more pressure on himself than that. We know what he’s capable of and we can’t wait to see him play.”
Southgate had previously confirmed that there will be drastic changes to their roster against modest Andorra, who currently sit 134th in the Fifa table and have won just eight matches, with a tricky trip to Poland on Wednesday night.
There should be chances for Jesse Lingard, Bukayo Saka and Bamford in the lead, while Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings and Reece James are among the defenders hoping for their opportunity, with the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Nick Pope is expected to replace Jordan Pickford in goal, meanwhile.
Jadon Sancho to miss Sunday’s game and trip to Poland on Wednesday after returning to Manchester United for treatment on an unspecified minor blow.
England XI planned: Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Mings, James, Henderson, Bellingham, Saka, Lingard, Grealish, Bamford
Today, 5 p.m. BST, ITV
Place: Wembley stadium
Arbitrator: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Injured: Sancho, Calvert-Lewin