PHIL FODEN is reportedly set to be given the nod for England's World Cup opener against Iran.
The Three Lions boast plenty of options in attack and Gareth Southgate has a selection headache ahead of the game.
But Foden has impressed the boss and assistant coach Steve Holland with his recent form, according to the Daily Mail.
Although Bukayo Saka and Mason Mount are also pushing for starting berths in attacking positions.
Southgate is believed to have told his players that a 3-4-3 system remains his preferred formation for the tournament.
With Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling both likely to be in from the off, there is only set to be one more place up for grabs.
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But Foden, 22, is reported to be in line to start after scoring seven goals and providing three assists in 14 Premier League games this season.
The Manchester City ace has already ruled the world with England at U17 level.
And he has the same winning feeling as he prepares for his first World Cup with the senior side.
Although Southgate won't reportedly confirm his starting side until Saturday night.
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Foden started England's first two games of the Euros last year, but missed the final due to a foot injury.
The Mail report that the England camp believe the game could have possibly gone a different way, had Foden been fit.
Southgate and Co kick off their campaign on Monday against Iran, before further group games against USA and Wales.
The Three Lions are already hard at work in Qatar after arriving earlier this week.
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