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Gareth Southgate looks set to change formation and hand a surprise start to Jadon Sancho for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final with Ukraine.
Southgate hasn’t been afraid to mix things up and make tough decisions throughout the tournament, but leaked team news ahead of the last-eight clash in Rome suggests the Three Lions boss is planning his most radical shake-up yet.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Southgate will move to a more attacking back four formation against Ukraine.
England used a similar set-up against Czech Republic in their final Group D match, with Kieran Trippier missing out on the right side in favour of Kyle Walker.
It is unclear whether Manchester United target Trippier will make way again, or if Southgate has another idea in mind.
The Three Lions boss also revealed that he needs to check on the fitness of Bukayo Saka before the match.
Saka was one of England’s standout stars against Germany in the last-16 but is carrying a “slight knock.”
If the Arsenal ace is not available, the door could be open for Sancho to make his first start of the tournament.
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Mason Mount is also hoping for a recall after returning from isolation to feature on the bench against Germany.
On top of that, Southgate has disciplinary issues to think about if England beat Ukraine and progress to the semi-final.
Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Phil Foden are all one booking away from a suspension.
But Southgate dismissed talk of resting players on the basis that they could miss a game later on in the tournament.
“I understand the strategy of thinking that through, but I don't think there is a team in the world who would do that at this point,” said Southgate.
“I have never seen it happen and it is not in our thinking. It would be a bad message for our players and it would be the wrong message for Ukraine.
“I don't think we can fiddle around. It would be just about thinking about the future and we should not be thinking about the future at this moment.”
- England Football Team
- Euro 2020
- Gareth Southgate
- Jadon Sancho
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