England vs. Slovenia: Gallagher replaces Alexander-Arnold

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After days of heavy scrutiny from fans and journalists, Gareth Southgate has opted to make one change to his starting XI for England’s final Euro 2024 Group C match against Slovenia in Cologne on Tuesday as Conor Gallagher replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield.

Alexander-Arnold, who plays primarily as a right-back for Liverpool, started England’s first two group matches — a 1-0 victory over Serbia and a 1-1 draw with Denmark — in central midfield alongside Declan Rice, but his performances have drawn heavy criticism.

Southgate has substituted the 25-year-old in the second half of both matches in favour of Chelsea midfielder Gallagher.

Conor Gallagher will start for England alongside Declan Rice in their final Group C match against Slovenia in Cologne. Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

The Euro 2020 finalists are unchanged otherwise as they look for a more cohesive attacking display from their star-studded forward line that incudes Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and captain Harry Kane.

England, who have already secured qualification for the knockout stages of the competition following Albania’s 1-0 loss to Spain on Monday, require a victory over Slovenia to ensure they finish top of the group.

Albania’s result means the four points England have earned from their opening two group-stage matches guarantees that they cannot finish outside of the third-place spots that advance to the round of 16.

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