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Tunisia vs England team news: Sterling gets the nod for Three Lions as Rashford misses out

12:57 AM MYT 19/06/2018
Raheem Sterling England 2018
The Manchester City star will start alongside Harry Kane in attack after being preferred to United's youngster

Raheem Sterling gets the nod for England over Marcus Rashford in attack as the Three Lions open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia.

Ahead of Monday's Russia debut the big doubt in Gareth Southgate's squad had been over the man to accompany Harry Kane in a two-man attack. 

But while both Rashford and Sterling saw game time in the build-up to the finals, the Manchester City star has won out over his United rival. 

Southgate starts the World Cup with a three-man defence and plenty of width in the team, with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Sterling, Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young providing options going forward. 

In goal, meanwhile, is Jordan Pickford, who makes just his fourth appearance for England after muscling his way ahead of the likes of Jack Butland and Joe Hart to grab the Three Lions' No.1 shirt.

Tunisia starting XI: Hassen-Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul-Skhiri, Sassi, Sliti- Badri, F.Ben Youssef, Khazri.

England starting XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane.