Tuesday 1 June 2021 by Mark Molloy

England to test innovative new 8-1-1 formation in remaining friendlies before Euros


gareth southgate formation

England will test out their new and exciting 8-1-1 formation in tomorrow’s International friendly against Austria, moving to a possible 11-0-0 system against Romania on Sunday in the lead up to this year’s European Championships.

With details of the final 26 man squad for Euro 2020 named this afternoon, manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he will be looking to try a much more dynamic ‘8 at the back’ formation in the upcoming friendlies in order to prepare for the tournament.

Speaking earlier he told us “Yes, we’re going eight at the back, but with a defensive midfielder just in front of the back eight to protect them.

“We’re going to stick Harry Kane up front, but he’ll have to be prepared to come back and help out in defence as much as he can, particularly on corners.

“Obviously we are aiming to win the competition, and to do that you have to be solid at the back.

“Especially at right-back, where I will be playing four different players, all at the same time, just in case.

“Then I’ll have two centre backs and two left-backs.”

Asked if he thinks that his team might have to try to score goals, in order to actually win a game, he told us, “Penalties my friend, we can just play for penalties.”

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