Chilling Iceland experience ensures Lithuania will be fully respected by England

Dier was a member of the team stunned 2-1 by Iceland in Nice past year as England crashed to their most embarrassing defeat since a 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup.

The incident unfolded hours before England's friendly with Germany in Dortmund and, rather than act in haste on the day, the FA made a decision to mark the occasion at its World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on home turf.

It's a huge compliment for a player who was inexplicably dropped for the Iceland defeat in the summer, despite being England's best players at the Euros.

With this in mind, it would be easy to believe that there would be few lessons to be learned in the training environments of both sports.

"They have done a great deal of work over the last 20 years to try and address issues, particularly around disorder".

He added: "It's going to be a tough game".

It's a formation "in which the national team has tended to look surprisingly comfortable on the rare occasions that it has been tried", he says. He wants a camp where we express ourselves, play exciting football and grow as a team.

"We need to make sure we make good chances rather than shots we don't need to take on, move the ball quickly but in a controlled manner".

So, following on from Wednesday's loss in Germany, here are THREE players Southgate must drop from his starting XI to ensure England bag all three points against Lithuania...

Now, the 3-4-3 choice by Southgate may seem like he wants England to play a game of domination, but as their performance against Germany shows, this is not the case.

And despite having only 16 England caps Dier admits he already has his sights set on captaining his country.

"It's an ambition of mine".

"The ideal scenario is that (players will be playing regularly), but we have got 70 English players playing in the Premier League", Southgate said. I'm 23. I don't think that's very young.

"I think I have always had qualities a captain may have and I think I can do that job". Lithuania are not expected to pour forward in droves but the youthful duo, back up only by the uncapped Ben Gibson and the versatile Eric Dier, would be forgiven a wobble or two given their lack of game time together.

Whatever he decides, an injury to Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill's suspension mean he will have to remodel his defence.

For a start, Southgate abandoned the notion that Wayne Rooney is undroppable by cutting him from the 26-man squad for this week's matches.

  • Julie Sanders