Southgate Confirms Gomez To Replace Stones

Gareth Southgate has confirmed Joe Gomez will replace John Stones in the England team against Spain in their Nations League tie in Seville.

Both Stones and Jordan Henderson are suspended after being shown their second yellow card of the competition during England’s behind closed doors, goalless draw with Croatia on Friday.

Whilst Southgate announced Stones’ replacement he has not yet disclosed who will replace Liverpool midfielder Henderson.

This will be Gomez’s fifth cap with Jadon Sancho also a possible for a first start after impressing off the bench on his debut against Croatia.

“It’s probably pretty clear Joe Gomez will be coming in for John [Stones],” said Southgate. “He’s in really good form for his club and his matches for us against Spain and Brazil have been really polished.

“He’s a young defender but he is a very good defender, good athleticism, uses the ball well. I’m looking forward to seeing him in this game. It’s another opportunity for us to look at younger players.

“We’re slowly building a squad of players who are comfortable playing at the highest level.

“It’s as difficult a test as you can have in European football at the moment, if not world football,” said Southgate.

After gaining only 1 point from their games against Spain and Croatia, the Three Lions are in need of points to improve their Uefa Nations League position.

England currently traill Spain by 5 points in League A Group 4 and can expect a tough outing against Luis Enrique’s side who they were beaten 2-1 by at Wembley in September’s maiden round of Nations League fixtures.

Meanwhile England captain Jordan Henderson and Jurgen Klopp have disagreed on the importance of the new UEFA Nations League, with the Liverpool manager calling it “the most senseless competition in the world,’ whilst Henderson acknowledged the fixtures being important for the development of the England team.