Jose Mourinho has suggested Gareth Southgate could switch to a three-man defence for England’s huge Euro 2020 clash with Germany.
The Three Lions will take on their rivals in the last-16 at Wembley next Tuesday.
Joachim Low’s side have played a 3-4-3 so far this summer and a 4-2 win over Portugal proved how deadly they can be.
Mourinho toldtalkSPORTthat Southgate could return to a back three to match that, after using it so effectively at the 2018 World Cup.
England reached the semi-finals of that tournament with Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones playing.
“I keep saying when you have an option to take 26 players, you have to risk, gamble and take an injured player if the player deserves that,” Mourinho explained.
England V Germany
Wing backs to match up / Engage Germany’s
Saka and Sterling left higher in channels v Germany wide CB
Rice / Philips onto Kroos/ Gundagan
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 24, 2021
No Jack Grealish or Phil Foden caused a stir and fans believe the best form of defence is attack.
Southgate has already hinted at tweaks now the group stages are over.
Set-pieces have been a clear weakness in England’s first three games and it’s something he wants to change.
The 50-year-old said: “Our delivery hasn’t been good really. There was the one against Scotland where John Stones hit the post which was bang on the money and Trippier’s delivery in the first game was excellent and we haven’t matched that since.
“It’s quite rare for us. We have gone four or five matches without a set-piece goal and that’s an area we can improve upon.”
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