Four formations Southgate must attempt during England’s friendlies

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4-2-3-1

England’s attempts to adopt 4-2-3-1 at the last World Cup failed spectacularly, but it feels much less a case of square pegs being shoved into round holes this time around with conventional options in every position.

Most pivotal of those are the front four, with the formation allowing all of England’s most potent goalscoring entities on the pitch at the same time; Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy – the latter being replaced by Harry Kane when the tournament in Russia comes around.

And in comparison to the last World Cup when Steven Gerrard looked a little lost in deep midfield, Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson offer adequate defensive protection behind that flying front four.

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