Sunderland-born stars Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson START for England in World Cup semi-final

Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford both start for England tonight!
Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford both start for England tonight!

Gareth Southgate has named his starting line-up for England's biggest game in two decades - and has included both of our local lads.

Washington-born Pickford and Henderson, a Herrington native, have both impressed during England's run to the final four of the competition.

And boss Southgate has given them both the chance to impress on the big stage as the Three Lions prepare to take on Croatia in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

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England have named an unchanged side for their semi-final clash which means starts for both Henderson and Pickford.

Despite losing the captaincy prior to the tournament, Henderson has continued to be a key part of the squad and has been one of England's stand-out performers.

His all-action performances in the centre of midfield have drawn plenty of plaudits - and rightly so.

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Tonight he will be tasked with dealing with lively midfielder Luka Modric, who plays his club football for Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Pickford has arguably been the pick of the bunch at the tournament with his heroics between the sticks helping England through the knock-out stages.

His penalty saves against Columbia saw the Three Lions progress to a quarter final against Sweden, where he again put in a fine performance to help the nation through.

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The current Everton stopper will tonight have to try and keep out prolific striker Mario Mandzukic.

England's full starting line-up is as follows: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Lingard, Henderson, Kane, Sterling, Trippier, Young, Alli