GARETH SOUTHGATE plans to make big changes in the first two Nations League games in England to avoid player burnout.
The Three Lions meet Hungary in Budapest on Saturday before heading to Germany in Munich on Tuesday.
But boss Southgate knows many of his players are exhausted after a tough season.
And he will be careful not to anger Premier League managers by mixing up the two sides before focusing on the final two games of the international window.
Southgate have agreed with Liverpool to let Trent Alexander-Arnold go on holiday after the Germany game.
Nevertheless, the national team boss continues to take his Nations League games seriously.
England host Italy in Molineux on Saturday before taking on Hungary at the same ground on June 14.
West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen and Leicester right-back James Justin will make their debuts in the games.
England then have just two games left before the World Cup – against Italy and Germany in September.
Saturday’s clash against Hungary will be played in front of a half-full stadium in Budapest. And this despite the fact that the host is serving a stadium ban for racism offenses.
FREE BETS AND SIGN UP OFFERS – THE BEST OFFERS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS
Most read in the Premier League
Uefa ordered Hungary to play three games in empty stadiums, the third of which was suspended due to their fans’ behavior during Euro 2020.
But 30,000 fans will be inside if Hungary makes the most of a loophole that allows them to give school children free entry.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5471294/bowen-justin-england-debuts-southgate-nations-league/ Jarrod Bowen and James Justin prepare for their England debuts while Gareth Southgate rests the weary stars in Nations League clashes