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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher disagree on England starting XI and formation for World Cup 2022 opener vs Iran

GARY NEVILLE and Jamie Carragher disagreed on their England starting line up to kick off the World Cup against Iran.

Gareth Southgate’s side begin their campaign in Qatar next Monday.

Gary Neville’s chosen England XI

And there are still question marks on what starting 11 and formation Southgate will opt to deploy.

Former Manchester United captain and ex-England international Gary Neville chose a back three, with four in midfield and three up front.

Jordan Pickford got the nod in goal with Ben White, Erik Dier and John Stones making up the three-man central trio.

With Reece James injured, Trent Alexander-Arnold took up the right wing-back role with Luke Shaw on the other side.

Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham are paired in midfield with Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane making up the front line.

Neville told Sky Sports: “One of the best ways to beat a team like Iran, USA and Wales is to stop counter-attacks and defend well.

“In international football, if you get counter-attacked, you’re going to be in big trouble.”

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher chose a 4-3-3, keeping Pickford in goal, and also choosing Stones and Shaw in defence.


But he replaced Alexander-Arnold at right-back with Kieran Trippier and also brought in under-fire centre-back Harry Maguire.

Mason Mount would come in at midfield alongside Rice and Bellingham.

And Carragher gave in-form Bukayo Saka the nod over Sterling with Foden and Kane alongside him.

Carragher said: “I love Raheem Sterling and he was England’s best player in the Euros, he was out of this world.

“This season, his form has not been great and lately in an England shirt. Saka has been playing that well in that position.

“I prefer Raheem on the left, so it wasn’t a case of Saka versus Sterling.

“It was always going to be Saka on that side and then it’s Sterling versus Foden.

“I just think the actual ability of Foden, the way he’s playing since the European Championships, I’d go with him.”

Jamie Carragher’s chosen England XI

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