Gareth Southgate pleased England fans last night against the Republic of Ireland by opting for an attack-heavy starting XI.
Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all featured from the get-go, the Three Lions cruising to a 3-0 win at Wembley.
Harry Maguire grabbed the opening goal of the evening early in the first half, before Sancho made it 2-0 shortly after with a well-taken strike.
Calvert-Lewin sealed the victory in the second period, the Everton striker converting with authority from the penalty spot.
It was a pretty impressive performance from England. One thing in particular that was pleasing to see was the link-up between Grealish and Mount.
The two have been at the centre of a lot of recent debates, with the general consensus being that only one can start in the same England team.
However, last night they proved they can be deadly as a double act and perhaps it’s time for Gareth Southgate to look at using both in his starting XI for Euro 2020.
Here’s five different ways the England manager can achieve just that…
- Three at the back
Essentially the same system used last night against Ireland, but with Jordan Henderson in central midfield next to Mount and Harry Kane leading the line.
Either Sancho or Raheem Sterling occupy the right-wing position, with Grealish out on the left.
A very well-rounded team and one we’re increasingly likely to see next summer.
- Midfield diamond
This line-up sees Sterling – or Marcus Rashford – take up a more central role next to Kane, with Grealish in behind as a No.10.
Mount retains his position in central midfield next to Henderson, but is handed more of a licence to roam forward due to Declan Rice operating as the team’s enforcer.