BREAKING NEWS: Gareth Southgate ready to recall Kieran Tripper and switch to 3-4-3 in shock England change-up for the Euro 2020 final against Italy by going back to the system that earned Germany win
- Kieran Trippier set to recall Kieran Trippier to England team for Euro 2020 final
- The full-back is in line to replace either Bukayo Saka or Mason Mount in XI
- Gareth Southgate will switch to a 3-4-3 to account for Italy’s attacking threat
- Southgate used the system against Germany but has used back four elsewhere
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Kieran Trippier is poised for a shock recall for tonight’s European Championship final against Italy in a move that indicates Gareth Southgate is set to play with a back-three.
Trippier is in line to start the final in place of Bukayo Saka in a move that allows England to move to a three-man defence, although Mason Mount is also sweating over his losing his spot to Trippier.
Southgate successfully used a back-three in the last-16 tie against Germany – but has used a four man defence in all five of the other games.
Kieran Trippier is set to start for England in the Euro 2020 final against Italy tonight
Gareth Southgate is set to revert to a 3-4-3 formation to account for Italy’s attacking threat
But the tactical switch is a clear indication of the threat of Italy’s attack Southgate believes his team will confront.
Kyle Walker, who was excellent at right-back against the Danes, is expected to move inside to centre-back alongside Harry Maguire and John Stones.
Trippier and Luke Shaw will occupy the two wing-back positions, while Kalvin Phillips and and Declan Rice will continue in midfield.
Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Mount or Saka will play in attack.
It means Mason Mount (left) or Bukayo Saka (right) are set to drop from the starting XI
After making the brave switch in the last-16 tie, Southgate said they wanted to use speed to get in behind the German defence, which could also be thinking behind the Italy move.
‘You change the shape, you pick certain personnel instead of others and if it goes wrong, you’re dead.’ he said.
‘We had to go about it in the way we believed. We wanted aggressive pressure all over the field. We felt that to match them up was the way of doing that. We felt that speed in behind Harry [Kane] could cause them a problem. I thought Bukayo [Saka] and Raheem [Sterling] really created that jeopardy in their backline.’
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