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Is adopting the Liverpool approach our best chance?

Date: 15th May 2014 at 6:31pm
Written by Christy Malyan

The England national team hardly boast an illustrious history of philosophical experimentation at World Cups. In fact, it took us until Fabio Capello's appointment in 2008 to realise that a flat 4-4-2 didn't work at international level. Spain on the other hand, had already evolved their passing game to not including a recognised striker, echoing in the era of tica-taca and false nines. Yet, with the revolution of youth the flavour of the month, typified by the inclusions of Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson into Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad, and England's chances for the tournament written off by Greg Dyke's cut-throat gesture back in December,  if there was ever an opportunity to venture outside the entrenched tactical conventions of English football, it's undoubtedly Brazil 2014. The breakaway from formational tradition I'm alluding to is the adoption of Liverpool's diamond midfield, a system which has got the best out of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling this season and subsequently driven the Anfield outfit to runner-up status in the Premier League. Admittedly, it's an enormous deviation from Three Lions norm - conventional wingers are ingrained into the history of English football and have always been a tactical focal point of the national team. Yet, where has this tradition actually got us? England haven't won a major tournament for nearly half a century, and looking at the country's most recent crop of widemen it's not difficult ... Read More


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