Southgate to make changes for Montenegro game

Lineker made the claims after Gareth Southgate's side cruised to a 5-0 victory over Czech Republic on Friday evening.

Southgate elected not to elevate anyone from England's U21 squad to the senior group, despite the fact that immediately after the Czech Republic game the England boss knew he had only 17 fit outfield players at his disposal.

Sterling has been the target of much criticism previously while on worldwide duty, but this time he proved his doubters wrong in an England shirt with an exceptional hat trick that bagged the Manchester City man the match ball.

Two previous visits to Podgorica ended in score draws, in 2011 and 2013, but the Three Lions are more clinical these days and can prevail this time.

England's preparations for their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign have been disrupted by controversy after the discovery of an old social media post from Declan Rice.

"But sometimes, when the pool is smaller, which is going to be the case for England whilst I'm the England manager, then you have to be a bit more creative in the way you think and you have to approach things and solve the problem in a different way". "We in the coaching team who deal with the players are realistic".

"I recognise now that my attempt to show support for my teammates at the time could be negatively interpreted".

Good enough for England but not yet for Chelsea?

He added: "It's an wonderful feeling playing with him, I have always played with him through the youth, so it is nice to have a close friend with me".

And next up Gareth Southgate's men take on Montenegro on Monday.

"He has been helping me a lot, but it's not just him - everyone has made me and Callum comfortable and made us feel welcome".

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi emerges as a rumoured summer transfer target for Manchester United after making his senior England debut on Friday.

"But I am just happy that I am on the pitch and starting my first competitive game and happy to assist the first goal".

"I also think the goals in Spain were an important moment for him".

If Sancho scores against Montenegro, he will become the youngest England player to score on his birthday (19), and the first since Steven Gerrard did so against Hungary in May 2006.

  • Steve Townsend