Both Harry and Jude are expected to start for England.

Even though he hasn't started a game for Manchester United in the last six weeks, he is still seen as a key leader of England's defence.

The England manager is likely to provide extra cover and start with three centre-backs.

Ivan Toney will have to wait for his England chance
Image: Ivan Toney will have to wait for his England chance

With KalvinPhillips due to undergo shoulder surgery and Jordan Henderson still recovering from a hamstring strain, Bellingham will be given the chance to impress.

In Germany, the 19-year-old has been in outstanding form this season, and has started all 10 games for the team.

Henderson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hamstring strain, and while he won't play against Italy, he will be fit enough to play against Germany on Monday.

Ivan Toney isn't in the matchday squad along with other players.

Analysis: Bellingham form demanded starting berth

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It would be a big deal for Bellingham. It would be his fifth start for England and 16th cap, which is remarkable when you consider he is only 19 years old. He has been in the England set-up since he was 17 years old.

His influence, his abilities, and his confidence have grown over the last two years for both England and the German team.

He needs to start tonight because of his form for Dortmund. He has played more games this season than any other member of the England squad. He's scored three goals and started every game.

It was looking more and more likely that Bellingham would get his chance after KalvinPhillips withdrew from the squad and Jordan Henderson was injured.

It is a controversial call to start a player who has not played for Manchester United.

Southgate 'throws support behind Maguire'

Harry Maguire has been supported by Gareth Southgate
Image: Harry Maguire has been supported by Gareth Southgate

Jamie Jackson is a reporter for the Guardian.

It's not a surprise to see a coach come out in support of a player, as he's been perfect for England."

He was in the England team which won the European Championship.

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Luke Shaw celebrates after equalising for England against Switzerland
The Soccer Saturday panel react to the England squad announcement, with Paul Merson believing Luke Shaw is fortunate to be included.

He's no longer at Manchester United. It was a big call from the man. I thought it would be Raphael Varane and LisandroMartinez.

It's only a few games after pre-season, so it's okay according to Southgate. If he doesn't have a lot of game time between now and the World Cup, it will be a problem.

I don't think he will return to the team. I think he will be the first choice for the World Cup even if he isn't in the United side.

When A3 was drawn, Hungary appeared to be the favourite to finish bottom of the group, but they have collected seven points from their first four games and currently sit top of the table.

In June of this year, Hungary pulled off a huge upset by beating England at Wembley. Their game against Germany on Friday will be crucial, with the winners knowing another victory on the final match day will guarantee them a spot in the finals.

Italy is only two points behind Hungary and will play them in Hungary next week.

Group A3: Remaining fixtures

  • Germany vs Hungary - Leipzig, Friday September 23
  • Italy vs England - Milan, Friday September 23
  • England vs Germany - Wembley, Monday September 26
  • Hungary vs Italy - Budapest, Monday September 26

England, who are winless and face a difficult task to avoid being demoted to League B for the first time, are the only team that cannot make the finals.

If they lose to Italy on Friday, they will be confirmed as a team that will be playing in the second tier.

England's World Cup Group B fixtures

The kick-off is 1 pm.

The kick-off is 7pm on November 25.

The Wales game will be played at theAhmed bin Ali Stadium.

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