World Cup: Here’s who the stats show should start for England against Iran in tournament opener

The squad has been picked, the bags have been packed and the players have flown to the tiny gulf nation of Qatar. The time for talking is – almost – over.

Gareth Southgate’s England side have made it to their Al Wakrah base ahead of their opening Group B game against Iran on Monday, the start of what the manager hopes will be another successful campaign at a major tournament.

But which 11 players will don the famous Three Lions shirt on Monday afternoon? Southgate undoubtedly knows – or at least has an idea of – the XI he will select for the clash with Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Yet it may be very different from what the statistics show. Here, Sportsmail takes you through the team which the numbers say Southgate should pick for their eagerly-awaited first game in…

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