Gareth Southgate planning to start FOUR full-backs in England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia with Manchester United ace Luke Shaw considered at centre-back

Gareth Southgate is reportedly set to start four full-backs for England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia.

According to The Telegraph, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier could all feature for the Three Lions in the Group D clash at Wembley – live on talkSPORT.

Shaw could be deployed as a left centre-back against Croatia this Sunday
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Manchester United ace Shaw could be deployed as a left-sided centre-back as he looks to plug the hole left by Harry Maguire, who is still sidelined after sustaining an ankle injury with the Red Devils in May.

Southgate has got his side training in a 3-4-3 formation, with one combination featuring Shaw as part of the back three – a position he deputised in on occasion for United during the 2020/21 campaign.

Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell is expected to slot in as a left-wing back, with LaLiga title winner with Atletico Madrid Kieran Trippier occupying the opposite flank.

Kyle Walker, meanwhile, will likely fill in as the right sided centre-back next to his Man City teammate John Stones, who will play in the middle of the back-three.

Southgate has never used Shaw in this system in his five-year reign as England boss, showing just how much of a headache the Maguire injury has proved to be ahead of the tournament.

Southgate has been dealt a selection headache following Maguire’s injury
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Stones is a certainty for the central defender position, despite Tyrone Mings playing at centre-back in the warm-up matches against Austria and Romania.

Conor Coady and Ben White are also options in central defence, with the latter the last to be called up to the 26-man squad after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury.

Southgate has got a headache with his attacking formation, too, with so much attacking talent at his disposal.

The Three Lions have one of their strongest squads in years and their exciting young attacking talent has made them among the favourites to win the competition.

Southgate has been experimenting with different line-ups in friendlies against Austria and Romania and it’s still not known what his preferred starting XI is.

Here’s how England could line up for their Euro 2020 opener…

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