Gareth Southgate tells the young England squad that it is time to perform ahead of the game in Poland

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Gareth Southgate tells the young England squad it’s time to perform against Poland – as Three Lions boss thinks about starting Jesse Lingard for Phil Foden in a 3-4-3 pivotal World Cup qualifier

  • Gareth Southgate has told his young England squad it’s time to perform
  • The Three Lions host Poland in a crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley
  • English boss Southgate says his game stars should be more streetwise
  • Southgate is considering letting Jesse Lingard talk about Phil Foden on Wednesday

Gareth Southgate has told his young side that it is time to perform as England wants to take a giant step towards World Cup qualification at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

The Three Lions boss has ordered his players to go streetwise in search of a victory over Poland, which would put them five points ahead of the top of Group I.

England is blessed with some of the most promising young players in European football, but faces a big test on Wednesday, even though the visitors are without injured striker Robert Lewandowski.

England boss Gareth Southgate has told his young England squad it's time to perform

England boss Gareth Southgate has told his young England squad it’s time to perform

The Three Lions organize on Wednesday in Wembley Poland in a crucial World Cup qualifier

The Three Lions organize on Wednesday in Wembley Poland in a crucial World Cup qualifier

The Three Lions organize on Wednesday in Wembley Poland in a crucial World Cup qualifier

Southgate said: ‘I think it’s important that people are excited about the players coming through and I think it’s one of the things, in every sport, that gets fans excited.

‘We have a healthy environment and we have senior players who are happy to share that information, help them develop.

‘It’s an environment that I like, but we have to live up to it and that’s the next challenge for this team.

Southgate said it's important for supporters to be excited about the next wave of talent

Southgate said it's important for supporters to be excited about the next wave of talent

Southgate said it’s important for supporters to be excited about the next wave of talent

He has told his stars to take charge of their qualifying group for next year's Qatar tournament

He has told his stars to take charge of their qualifying group for next year's Qatar tournament

He has told his stars to take charge of their qualifying group for next year’s Qatar tournament

“ If we don’t take all the talk about potential and what this young player group could be in charge of the group, they won’t get the chance to play in a grand final. We have to make sure we do it right. ‘

Southgate criticized his team for losing control of the match during the closing stages of Sunday’s victory over Albania. He urged his team to make more use of the dark arts.

He said: ‘If I have looked at the French and Portuguese, teams that have won, they are smart and experienced winners.

And we have to add that to this group.

Southgate is expected to have a fully fit squad available for Poland's visit to Wembley

Southgate is expected to have a fully fit squad available for Poland's visit to Wembley

Southgate is expected to have a fully fit squad available for Poland’s visit to Wembley

“There are a lot of young players in this group, they have not won anything at their club – we have to help them learn how to win big games.”

After using a back four for the wins over San Marino and Albania, Southgate is considering a switch to a five-man defense at Wembley.

Southgate will have Mason Mount’s fitness checked late with James Ward-Prowse in line to play in midfield if Mount isn’t deemed fit to start.

Elsewhere, Southgate is considering a start for Jesse Lingard in place of Phil Foden alongside Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling up front.

The English boss is considering choosing Jesse Lingard over Phil Foden for the match at Wembley

The English boss is considering choosing Jesse Lingard over Phil Foden for the match at Wembley

The English boss is considering choosing Jesse Lingard over Phil Foden for the match at Wembley

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