Predicted England U21 line-up vs Wales: Chelsea and Forest starlets to make full-debut

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Chelsea and Forest starlets tipped for full-debut, while we also have starts for Leeds United's on-loan keeper, Everton's promising defender and Manchester United's outcast winger.

As Gareth Southgate looks to keep his impressive run as England U21 manager going, we take a look at what line-up he could possibly look to put out against United Kingdom rivals Wales at the iPro Stadium on Wednesday night.

See our predicted squad below:

Jack Butland

Carl Jenkinson - John Stones - Jamaal Lascelles - Jack Robinson

Wilfried Zaha - Will Hughes - James Ward-Prowse - Tom Ince

Patrick Bamford - Danny Ings


The goalkeeper's position for Southgate is a relatively easy decision in comparison to other areas of his squad, and I fully expect Leeds United's on-loan goalkeeper Jack Butland to add to his already impressive 18 caps.

In defence it becomes a much harder decision, especially in the middle of the pitch with so many talented players to choose from. I'm backing Jamaal Lascelles and John Stones to get the nod after their recent form and praise around the footballing world. It would mean an U21 debut for Lascelles whose recent form has seen him courted by the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

At full-back it becomes an easier decision with Arsenal right-back Jenkinson looking to add to his four caps at U21 level, whilst Robinson is looking to add to his eight.

The midfield is the hardest area to choose from and with a number of very good options available, it could see Southgate opt for a five man midfield. However, I have decided to stick with a four men in the middle, with two ball-playing central-midfielders and direct wingers.

Will Hughes and James Ward-Prowse both have the vision and technique to build a very good relationship together and I'm tipping them to get the nod over the likes of Ravel Morrison and Nathaniel Chalobah for Wednesday's game.

Out-wide I have gone for Wilfried Zaha and Tom Ince. Both players are relatively in form, as well as being the highest capped midfielders available to Southgate for the match vs Wales.

Upfront I have opted for in-form duo of Danny Ings and Patrick Bamford, who have been cited as two of the Championship's most dangerous players in recent weeks. 

It would mean a full-debut for Patrick Bamford, and he would do it on a ground he has already scored twice on this year with loan side Derby.

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