Yet early team news has leaked, suggesting Sancho will again find himself on the bench with Southgate primed to pick Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Phil Foden up top instead.
Former England star Rio Ferdinand has hit out at Southgate for his comments at Sancho, saying: “There’s inexperienced players that haven’t been to tournaments, they’re everywhere.
“You go on what they’ve done at their club and the last three years, in terms of output, has been the second best player in terms of goal involvement over the last three years – and he’s done it at Dortmund.
“So to think that you’re talking about experience… he’s played more games than [Phil] Foden at the top level as well as [Mason] Mount and [Jude] Bellingham.”
He then added: “I just feel that sometimes as a manager you’ve got to be brave.