England predicted line-up as Southgate chooses first post-Euros XI for Hungary

Just under two months after England suffered European heartbreak at the hands of Roberto Mancini's Italy, international football is back.

And for Gareth Southgate's side, their target now shifts to World Cup qualification for Qatar in 2022.

The Three Lions have notched nine points from a possible nine so far in the campaign with victories against San Marino, Albania, and Poland.

And England are now gearing up for their second set of fixtures with Hungary are up first when the two clash on Thursday evening.

So Daily Star Sport have looked at Southgate's potential line-up for their first clash since the Euro 2020 final.

Jordan Pickford looks set to retain his No.1 position; the Everton keeper often saves his best performances for when he's in an England shirt.

And with Dean Henderson failing to break into the Manchester United squad. Pickford remains unchallenged for the shirt.

Like he did at the Euros, Southgate is expected to opt for a back four of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, and Luke Shaw.

England's defence was solid during the festival of football, and the side didn't leak a goal until Mikkel Damsgaard's superb free-kick in the semi-finals.

Despite the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold to the squad, Walker should retain his starting spot.

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England played with a double pivot of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips throughout the tournament, and that looks set to stay the same.

Southgate has criticism for fielding both Phillips and Rice at the same time with some fans hoping for more attacking options.

The pair look likely to be joined by Mason Mount in the middle, who has been silently excellent for Chelsea so far this season.

Bukayo Saka was a breath of fresh air when he burst into the England side against Czechia in the final group game, and the Arsenal man is expected to start out wide.

On the opposite flank, with the absence of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish could be given the nod ahead of his Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling.

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Harry Kane, after recently returning to Tottenham, is expected to be given the nod up front for Southgate's side.

Patrick Bamford could make his England debut, and the Leeds United star received his first call-up last week.

Phil Foden, Ben White, Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Mason Greenwood are all missing from the squad.

Greenwood being the most notable omission after his lighting fast start to the season.

Hungary gave a great account of themselves at Euro 2020, and they came close to escaping from the 'group of death'.

Their star player Dominik Szoboszlai of RB Leipzig is back after missing the tournament through injury.

England predicted XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice, Mount; Saka, Grealish, Kane.

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