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As the countdown to Russia 2018 begins, England head coach Gareth Southgate does not so much have a selection headache as a full-blown migraine. The fact is that too many England players either aren’t playing or aren’t playing well.

There are four matches before England’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Tunisia — the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday, Italy at Wembley next Tuesday; then Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and Costa Rica at Leeds on June 7. In reality, it leaves Southgate three more matches — six hours — to decide on his 23 for Russia as the squad must be named by June 4.

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