Four formations Southgate must attempt during England’s friendlies
England’s upcoming friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy give Gareth Southgate a vital chance to experiment before he draws up his World Cup squad for the tournament in Russia, and the Three Lions gaffer must take that opportunity with both hands.
Indeed, he’s clearly picked an experimental squad with the likes of James Tarkowski and Alfie Mawson involved for the very first time, and Oranje and Azzurri represent decent enough opposition to really test Southgate’s various potential game-plans against.
But how can Southgate take full advantage of this opportunity? What various forms should this England squad take on the pitch to adequately prepare for the tournament in Russia? Which setups require further testing before they’re used at the World Cup?
While the players picked remain largely interchangeable, Football FanCast lay out four formations Southgate must attempt at some point during the current international break – and then give you the chance to tell us your favourite.