Gareth Southgate is set to start Phil Foden against Wales, with the Manchester City star expected to come into the England manager’s line-up along with Marcus Rashford in a new-look front three.
While Harry Kane is expected to keep his place, the England captain is set to have Foden and Rashford either side of him, with Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling earning a rest.
As reported by Telegraph Sport on Monday, defender Kyle Walker is in line to start along with Jordan Henderson, who could line up in a revamped England midfield.
Rather than replacing Bellingham with Henderson, Southgate could go with a three-man midfield of the pair, along with Declan Rice. That would potentially see Walker line-up as right-back in a back four in place of Kieran Trippier.
Despite calls to rest Kane, the striker is expected to start his third successive World Cup game, as he seeks his first goal of the tournament and looks to break Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record.
Walker is in line to start his first game for club or country since October 2, following surgery, and his inclusion would give the defender vital minutes as England prepare for the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Starting Foden will go down well with Southgate’s critics, who questioned him for failing to use the attacking midfielder as a substitute against the USA.
Southgate had always planned to rotate his attacking players, other than Kane, and the decision to rest Saka and Sterling, who were both on target against Iran, is not thought to be detrimental to their hopes of starting more games later in the tournament.
Mason Mount played the full 90 minutes of the USA game, having stayed on the pitch for 71 minutes against Iran and may be given the chance to recharge his batteries by being named as a substitute tonight.