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Football news - Gareth Southgate considers change in formation for youthful England

Southgate considers change in formation for youthful England

12/10/2018 at 06:50Updated 12/10/2018 at 09:33

England manager Gareth Southgate is reportedly considering a formation change for the match against Croatia on Friday evening.

England have enjoyed great success so far under Southgate by using a 3-5-2, a system that helped them reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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That could mean a start for Chelsea's Ross Barkley, whose fine start to the season at Chelsea saw him rewarded with a call-up, but Tottenham Hotspur's Kieran Trippier may miss out if former club team-mate Kyle Walker moves back to right-back.

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Southgate has also defended his decision to call-up a number of younger players into his squad, insisting that it is not an experiment.

James Maddison (21), Mason Mount (19) and Jadon Sancho (18) all received their first call-ups during this break and the average age of the squad is just 23.56.

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"It's not experimentation. They are players we believe in," Southgate said at a press conference.

"OK, they are relatively inexperienced at the highest level but players we have enjoyed working with and they have shown in training this week they can handle this level."