Since the international retirements of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, England have toiled in pursuit of world-class central midfielders.
Eric Dier, Adam Lallana – valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – and Jack Wilshere are among the options, and while all play for elite clubs, there are reservations about each of them.
The Three Lions lack inspiration in midfield areas and it is also unclear which formation Gareth Southgate will deploy during this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
His eventual decision – although something approaching a 3-4-2-1 looks the most likely – will obviously impact on the make-up of and demands placed on his engine room.
With England behind elite nations such as Germany, Spain and France in terms of their midfield options on paper, it is up to the former Middlesbrough manager to come up with a formula to compete with those countries without the raw materials.
It is no mean feat and that’s why we’re asking you; who should Southgate play in central midfield for the friendly against Holland on Friday? Let us know by voting in the poll below…