England had Dier, Delph and Loftus-Cheek midfield in unusual World Cup third-place XI | Football | Sport


Meanwhile, Delph made two further appearances for England before calling time on his international career. The former Manchester City and Everton star has since retired from professional football altogether aged just 33. 

Also in that England team were Danny Rose and the lesser-spotted Phil Jones. Rose, now 32, is without a club after leaving relegated Watford at the end of last season. 

Fellow defender Jones remains a United player but has a contract that expires at the end of the season. He has played just five times for the Red Devils since January 2020, making a brief comeback last season under interim boss Ralf Rangnick. The 30-year-old is yet to feature under Erik ten Hag. 

Although the core of the England squad from 2018 remains, the fact that 11 players who travelled to Russia were not in the 2022 squad show how far Southgate has brought the national team. 

England starting XI: Pickford; Jones, Stones (Maguire 45), Cahill; Dier; Alexander-Arnold (Wellbeck 79), Loftus-Cheek, Delph, Rose; Vardy, Rashford.

England starting XI: Pickford; Jones, Stones, Cahill; Dier; Alexander-Arnold, Loftus-Cheek, Delph, Rose; Vardy, Rashford

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