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England team to play Lithuania features two debutants, West Ham’s second-best left-back and no Joe Hart

With the Three Lions having secured qualification with win against Slovenia, Gareth Southgate has named an experimental team

Harry Kane’s 94th minute winner on Thursday has earned his club team-mate an international debut.

England secured qualification for the 2018 World Cup with the 1-0 win over Slovenia, making tonight’s trip to Lithuania something of a dead rubber.

Gareth Southgate has decided to use the game to experiment, making no fewer than seven changes to the team that started at Wembley three days ago.


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Spurs midfielder Harry Winks starts in the middle of the park while Leicester’s Harry Maguire lines up alongside John Stones and Michael Keane in what appears to be a 3-4-3 formation

Dele Alli returns following his one-game suspension for flipping the bird while Jack Butland is handed a rare start ahead of Joe Hart.

Aaron Cresswell starts at left wing-back despite the belief of many West Ham fans that he isn’t even their best player in that position.

Arthur Masuaku has that distinction this season.

Harry Winks is celebrating after being called up by England boss Gareth Southgate

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The Three Lions boast an exciting front three of Kane, Alli and Marcus Rashford.

England beat Lithuania 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Wembley thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe and Jamie Vardy — both start on the bench this evening.

Lithuania have lost seven of their nine qualifiers and have no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018 but it may be optimistic to hope for anything other than a ultra defensive approach from the hosts.

Also, it’s raining… and the stadium has no shelter. Which will be fun for the 1,800 England fans who have made the trip.