Image credits – Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate says Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Tottenham star Eric Dier could be left dueling over a starting position at the World Cup.

Dier has started 12 of Southagate’s 16 matches in charge while Henderson started 9 of them but going for two attacking minded midfielders would compel the-47-year-old to axe one of his trusted soldiers.

“I’d be amazed if the two of them aren’t important figures for us during the tournament, but there is clearly the possibility they might not both play in every match,” said Southgate.

“It is a key decision, but that’s management isn’t it? You either select players, or you choose your system and pick the best people to fit into it. They’re the tough calls.

“But I think we will only want to play with one ‘pivot’.”