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England vs Lithuania starting lineups: Gareth Southgate hands Jermain Defoe his first start for his country in three years

England host Lithuania this evening in their quest to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

The Three Lions faced world champions Germany earlier this week in a friendly match. In Lukas Podolski’s final game for his country, he fired home past Joe Hart, with what proved to be the game’s deciding goal.

Despite the defeat, England looked comfortable for large periods of the game, and there were several individual performances that were promising.

England look to be making steps forward under Gareth Southgate’s stewardship, but tonight all that matters is the result.

Despite the potential importance of this evening’s fixture, Southgate has named an experimental side. Jermaine Defoe, who has found the back of the net 14 times in the Premier League this term, has been handed his first England start in three years.

Burnley defender Michael Keane also makes his first competitive start for his country. Here are how both sides line up in full:

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