Gareth Southgate makes surprise call over England side for Belgium clash

Jamie Vardy will lead England’s attack in a much-changed line-up to face Belgium in tonight’s Group G decider.

That means England captain Harry Kane could be set to sit it out despite him being desperate to play and continue his chase for the Golden Boot.

England boss Gareth Southgate is ringing the changes with Vardy the headline team news as the Leicester striker is set to lead the line.

Southgate has resisted playing with two out-and-out strikers in his formation since going to a back three and it means it would seem likely Vardy is the lone striker.

Southgate has also brought in Eric Dier, Gary Cahill and Danny Rose into his line-up with Raheem Sterling to be rested for the last 16 game. Dele Alli is now fit again.

It is understood that even the players have been surprised at how many changes Southgate is making for the Belgium game.

Families and friends of other squad players are traveling out for the Belgium game in the hope they will play.

Southgate started the week planning to make a few changes but, having seen Belgium boss Roberto Martinez say he will ring the changes, it appears England have changed their plan and gone the same way.

It also suggests that England may also be looking to keep the squad happy as Southgate insisted it was important to keep the dressing room harmonious.

But also finishing second in Group G behind Belgium could be an easier route logistically via Moscow and also potentially avoid the big guns in the quarter finals and get an easier side of the draw.

It could be a dangerous tactic as in Euro 2016 Roy Hodgson made drastic changes in the last Group match with Slovakia, England drew and and ended up getting Iceland and suffered their worst humiliation.

England are currently ahead of Belgium courtesy of having received one less yellow card, having the same number of points and conceded and scored the same number of goals.

If England and Belgium do end up with identical records after tonight’s game then lots will be drawn at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. It would be scheduled to be done at 9pm UK time.

The drawing of lots would then be screened live by FIFA and beamed direct into the England dressing room.

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