Date published: Friday 12th October 2018 9:52
Gareth Southgate thinks “having wingers” will suit the young crop of players coming through in his England squad following their 0-0 draw with Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.
After a terrible first half, the Three Lions took control of the match with Harry Kane hitting the bar and Marcus Rashford having two close-range efforts saved but they were unable to break the deadlock.
“There would be more concern if we weren’t creating chances,” Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live. “We showed good endeavour and creative play. We have to keep getting in those situations.”
On moving to a back four, Southgate added: “We wanted to keep continuity in September but today we felt that this system was the best way to go for this game. The players did well. Meant we were able to get tighter to their midfield and we were able to get higher up the pitch.
“I don’t think we should ever be rigid and only have one way of playing. In the summer we had a system which allowed our players to embed into international football but now they are more experienced.
“With the young players we have coming through and their positions, having wingers would suit us as well.”