England expected to continue using three-man backline & plan on deploying it at Euros

England dominate Wales

England kicked off their latest international break on Thursday evening with a friendly clash vs Wales.

The tie, of course, meant little in terms of the result, but it was a great chance for the Three Lions to get one over on their neighbours whilst also handing some fringe players a chance to impress.

The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings, Conor Coady and Nick Pope were all afforded starts for their country on Thursday whilst big-hitters such as Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford missed out.

Despite playing a second-string side, though, Gareth Southgate and co. were still able to come away with a dominant 3-0 win.

Calvert-Lewin, Coady and Ings were all on target with the latter’s strike particularly impressive.

Highlights: England 3-Wales 0

England to stick with a back-three

It is also worth noting that England deployed a back-three/five for the Wales game, as they had done in their previous clash with Denmark.

This does look to have marked a tactical shift by Southgate who, after the World Cup, lined England up with a back-four in most matches.

But with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Coady and Kieran Tripper all seemingly better suited to a back-three, perhaps this is England’s best formation now.

One man who certainly seems to think so is Gareth Southgate, who stated recently that:

“We feel it suits the personnel that we’ve got very strongly and we think it also gives us strength in depth if we have problems losing players.”

The Telegraph have also reported that England will continue playing with a three-man defence and are planning to use the system at the Euros.

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