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Southgate set to keep faith in youth ahead of Montenegro

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England boss Gareth Southgate is keen on playing a youthful side in Monday’s European Qualifier in Montenegro.

The trio of Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi all featured in the emphatic 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday night at Wembley.

And the Three Lions boss revealed the youngsters will form the bulk of his team in Monday’s encounter despite the hostile environment.

Southgate feels the exposure is part of a steep learning curve in their fledgeling career.

“This is part of their education and to be a top team we’ve got to adapt to every environment we go into.

“Friday at Wembley is always a different experience to going away from home in a qualifier, which is always difficult.

“But the only way the team can learn and improve is by going through these experiences.”

The former Boro manager further explained it would be a blend of youth and experience as they bid to continue their excellent start in the qualifying series.

Southgate told Sky: “We are always looking at the balance of the team, what is best to get a result.

“The make-up of the side will get the best out of the players we have here and available and I think we will have a very strong team out.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Gareth Southgate manager of England shakes hands with debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi after the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“Declan came into the game the other night, which was a great way for him to gain some experience of international football, so he is another one I would have no hesitation in starting.”