Gareth Southgate is expected to recall Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier to the England starting lineup for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Trippier has not started a game since the last-16 victory over Germany, in which he was deployed as a right wing-back as England switched to a 3-4-3 to counter the threat of wing-backs Robin Gosens and Joshua Kimmich.
Well, according to The Telegraph, we’re about to see something similar. Trippier is expected to return to the starting lineup against Italy, with a switch back to a three-man defence also on the cards.
Trippier’s return is expected to be at the expense of Arsenal
On top of figuring out which formation to use, Southgate must also make a final decision on the fitness of Manchester City‘s Phil Foden, who missed training on Saturday with a knock and is unlikely to start on the right wing either.
There isn’t much other team news around, only that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is expected to continue his trend of coming off the bench.
Returning to a 3-4-3 setup is a bold shout from Southgate, who has enjoyed plenty of success with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has led England to this point.
The three-man defence was impressive against Germany but was designed specifically to counter Joachim Low’s side, who played with that same setup and boasted two of the best wing-backs on the planet.
Italy have been playing a 4-3-3 so far this summer and most would argue that their strength is not out wide, but rather in midfield, where Jorginho, Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella have been picking teams apart with ease.
However, up to now, Southgate hasn’t got a lot wrong at this tournament, so fans will have to trust his methods in the hope of winning their first major trophy since 1966.