Confirmed: Maguire captains England, McTominay starts for Scotland in play-off finals

Harry Maguire will captain England tonight against Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

England’s fringe players will get a chance to impress with an experienced Maguire leading them out from the beginning.

The Manchester United centre-back has struggled this season but it’s good to see Gareth Southgate give support during a time he needs it.

England XI: Pope; Keane, Maguire, Mings; James, Mount, Winks, Saka; Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Grealish.

Subs: Henderson, Pickford, Chilwell, Maitland-Niles, Dier, Rice, Foden, Henderson, Bellingham, Abraham, Kane.

It’s a friendly so I wouldn’t be expecting much. On top of that, you have to go all the back to the 1988 European Championships to find a fixture between these nations with a winner, Ireland winning 1-0.

Scott McTominay starts for Scotland in their Euro 2021 play-off finals clash against Serbia.

It’s a golden opportunity for McTominay to bring a great degree of pride to a nation and after a difficult start to the season for United and his teammates, I’m sure we aren’t alone in wanting to see him come away from the game with a smile across his face.

Scotland: Marshall, O’Donnell, Gallagher, McTominay, Robertson, Jack, McGinn, Tierney, Christie, Dykes, McGregor.

Subs: Griffiths, Palmer, McLean, Paterson, McKenna, Considine, Burke, McBurnie, Cooper, Gordon, Armstrong, McLaughlin.

Daniel James has been named on the bench for Wales.

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