Gareth Southgate set to drop key England star for Scotland friendly as early team news is revealed | The Sun

GARETH SOUTHGATE is reportedly set shuffle his England team around against Scotland by dropping a key star.

England take on Scotland in a special 150th anniversary game at Hampden Park tonight.

Despite the enormity of the occasion, Southgate will make a key change to his starting xi, with Jordan Pickford being dropped for Aaron Ramsdale, according to The Telegraph.

Pickford has been Southgate's chosen goalkeeper for the duration of the Three Lions EURO 2024 qualifying campaign.

The Everton goalie, 29, was also the selected keeper for the Qatar World Cup.

In fact, the last time Pickford was not in goal for the national team was due to a thigh injury that kept him out of last season's September international break.


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However, Arsenal shot-stopper Ramsdale is now set to be given his first game in goal for England since the 4-0 defeat to Hungary last year.

Despite this major change, Southgate has insisted he will not completely overhaul the team who drew 0-0 with Ukraine on Saturday.

He said: "We cannot fiddle around with the team because we are playing a top level side, who are going to be at full tilt."

One change could be to bring on Phil Foden, though any role for the 23-year-old is unlikely to be central.

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It comes after Southgate claimed "there is a reason" Foden does not play in central midfield for Manchester City.

Foden had said he prefers to operate in the middle of the pitch before Southgate's brutal shut-down of the idea.

Asked about Foden playing in midfield for the Three Lions, Southgate said: "He doesn’t play there for his club. So presumably there is a reason for that.

"It depends on the level of the game, really. In the middle of the park, everyone wants to talk about players with the ball but there is a lot of detail without the ball.

“And in the Ukraine game, you are playing opponents who are so clever with their passing and movement that you have to be spot-on with pressing angles, your responsibilities and if you don’t, you don’t get the flow of the game.

“You’d have to speak to Pep, who is the best coach in the world, who plays him from wide.

“He’s always got the freedom to drift if we play him wide, though, and that’s important.”

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