Southgate explains tactical changes for England

first_imgEngland national team head coach Gareth Southgate has revealed his reasons why he changed the team’s tactical shape for their UEFA Nations League game against Croatia on Friday.The former England U-21 manager said that he moved back to a 4-3-3 to take advantage of the country’s next generation of wingers.Southgate ended his year-long experiment with the 3-5-2 system on Friday night, switching to a 4-3-3 formation that he will stick with for Monday’s game with Spain in Seville.Explaining why he made the switch, the ex-England central defender said it was to help England on the pitch, but also because he has “half an eye” on England’s junior teams and the talented wingers coming through.Southgate explains why he started Jadon Sancho Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Jadon Sancho was given a start ahead of Marcus Rashford in England’s win over Kosovo and the manager explained why he went down that…Southgate began with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and City’s Raheem Sterling out wide on Friday, with Borussia Dortmund’s youngster, Jadon Sancho replacing Sterling for the last 12 minutes.Southgate said he seeks to evolve the England team, he knows that a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 would better suit the young wingers and No 8s he has coming through the country’s junior teams.“We looked at players that might come into the teams, younger ones, and part of my thinking was always what is the mid to long-term as much as the next few games. There are obvious issues we have to resolve immediately, in terms of how we defend and how we press.” Southgate said, according to Independent.“But also with half an eye in my mind on other players who can come in and play that way, who we’ve seen in the junior teams in a similar system.”last_img