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Southgate tipped to bring in James against Scotland

England boss Gareth Southgate has been tipped to bring Chelsea defender Reece James into the side against Scotland.

England face the Scots in a much anticipated Euro 2020 clash at Wembley this evening.

And the Daily Telegraph reports that Southgate is set to bring in James and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw for the game.

Southgate opted for City’s Kyle Walker at right-back against Croatia and opted to deploy former Tottenham man Kieran Trippier at left-back rather than Shaw or Ben Chilwell.

But he is now expected to make changes – and hinted he would do so at a press conference ahead of the match.

Southgate said: “Definitely, every opponent plays in a different style and tactically has a different approach.

“Scotland for the majority of their games have played with a back three and of course they may change, but you are preparing with that in mind.

“And the spaces with the ball are different as well, so that is always the balance of we’ve got a good squad. We want to involve people in the tournament, we’ve got to show trust in them.

“But also when you’ve had a win there is something about rewarding players for that achievement and keeping continuity and those are the decisions I’ve got to make ahead of the game.”

While James is set to get a chance to impress, his Chelsea’s team-mate Chilwell looks like missing out again.

Chilwell was one of three members of England’s 26-man squad who did not even get a place on the bench against Croatia.

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