Gareth Southgate insists England will stick with 3-4-3 formation

Gareth Southgate to stick with 3-4-3 formation as England boss insists stability can be the key to success ahead of next summer’s Euros

  • There was some debate when England reverted back to the 3-4-3 formation
  • Gareth Southgate has studied the system for six months and will stick with it 
  • Southgate feels three forwards is key to England success and is set to persist

Gareth Southgate will persist with a 3-4-3 formation as he looks for the right blend to make England European champions.

The decision to revert to a system that served England so well at the 2018 World Cup saw his team struggle for fluency in a 0-0 draw with Denmark.

One of the best performances of Southgate’s reign came two years ago in Seville, when England beat Spain 3-2 playing 4-3-3, the system that is now so widely used in club football.  

Gareth Southgate has revealed he has no immediate plans to abandon a 3-4-3 formation

The manager, though, is unlikely to go back to that set-up, having spent the summer studying what tactics define champions.

‘We would not rule it out completely, but we have also looked a lot at the last six months in particular about teams who have won things,’ said Southgate. 

‘We have looked at the strengths of individuals in our squad so, for sure, three forwards will always be part of our thinking but the balance is that we have got to be secure.  

Conor Coady anchored the trio against Denmark but it was not a vintage England performance

 Southgate has spent six months studying and is determined to go on with the formation

‘To win tournaments you have to keep clean sheets.

‘We have five clean sheets on the bounce, albeit a body of work over 12 months. We need to have stability.

‘In the biggest games one goal can make a difference but we have obviously got to work at the team to make sure we are a team which is an attacking threat like we were in the qualification campaign.’

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