Jamie Carragher believes that Harry Winks and Joe Gomez will be the perfect replacements for Jordan Henderson and John Stones against Spain.
England head to Seville to face Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Monday night but will be without suspended duo Henderson and Stones after both picked up cautions in the 0-0 draw in Croatia.
And former Three Lions defender Carragher is confident that both Winks and Gomez will not let Gareth Southgate’s men down.
He told Sky Sports: “You would imagine Joe Gomez will come in at the back because of how well he has started the season for Liverpool.
“He has been outstanding at the back with Virgil van Dijk. I would expect him to slot in into a back four, where he has been playing for his club.
“In midfield, maybe Harry Winks. He played really well for Spurs against Barcelona in the Champions League, against similar type of players.
“Again, it won’t be easy, but I think in Seville on Monday night, we are going to have to do as well as we can to keep the ball against Spain. Winks is as good as anyone who can come in for Jordan Henderson in terms of technical ability.”
England are winless so far after two games in the competition, losing to Spain at Wembley before Friday’s draw with Croatia – a game they should have won on chances created.
Carragher, however, is more concerned about the performance against Spain rather than the result.
He added: “England have real problems coming up against the top sides. I don’t know how long it is since we beat them.
“Looking back at the World Cup, yes it was a fantastic summer, but as soon as we came up against a top side who were on our level or slightly above us in Croatia we lost. Before that, we always played teams we would fancy ourselves against really.
“It is difficult, but this game [against Spain] is as much about performance as it is about result.”