With Dele Alli ruled out of the game at Wembley through suspension, Gareth Southgate appears to have tweaked his formation and gone with an attacking line-up which includes captain for the night Harry Kane leading the line.
Sterling, who has netted five Premier League goals for Manchester City so far this season, is given another opportunity to stake his claim for a regular place out wide, while Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford can look to pick up from where he left off in the last international break.
Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in Southgate’s XI is Oxlade-Chamberlain. The midfielder hasn’t been in the best of form or a regular in the Liverpool team since his move from Arsenal, but has the chance to prove some doubters wrong.
England XI vs. Slovenia: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Stones, Bertrand; Dier, Henderson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Rashford; Kane.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 5, 2017
Joe Hart retains his place in between the sticks, while the back four includes Man City duo Kyle Walker and John Stones – who comes in for Phil Jones – Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is at left-back and there’s another start for Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
Here’s how the team news was received on social media….
Hart starting. That means we’re conceding then.
— . (@Hazardesque010) October 5, 2017
@jordanglennon chamberlain ??
— Lewis Cross (@lewc24) October 5, 2017
Put butland in FFS
— George Allen (@BossmanGeorgea) October 5, 2017
— DAVE (@utdavee) October 5, 2017
— Hassan ??? (@manlikesalah) October 5, 2017
Ox ?? @_KeiranWilliams
— Suzanne (@suzannethfc) October 5, 2017
— Debstar (@DjL03) October 5, 2017
looking down the team sheet and then seeing oxlade chamberlain pic.twitter.com/dpVzuqG1ac
— Curtis Whittle (@whittle_curtis) October 5, 2017
Explain to me right here right now what Oxlade-Chamberlain has done to warrant a start?
— Scott Bishop (@ScottBish7) October 5, 2017
Joe hart I cba
— Elliot ?? (@Zurrbs) October 5, 2017
— Mark Fitchett (@MarkFitDT) October 5, 2017
Did he just pick everyone that have the numbers going from 1-11 or something
— Shaun Matthews (@Shaun6549) October 5, 2017
why tf does Chamberlain keep starting?
— AJ (@AjXwnfusionz) October 5, 2017
Hart & Ox ??
— Pat Johnson (@patsj77) October 5, 2017