England boss Southgate is yet to decide on his roster, but a tactical change is on his mind for the decisive last-16 game at Wembley next Tuesday.
Germany used a three-way system, England struggled for creativity and goals and that could give Southgate more defensive stability and breadth.
Southgate entered the tournament using a traditional full-back and they haven’t conceded a goal yet so they’re solid, but Kieran Trippier can play as a right-back while Luke Shaw and Bukayo Saka are options on the other side. .
Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones are all good candidates for the last three, while this would also allow England to bring their attackers into the system with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
England put the system to good use in the 2018 World Cup when they reached the semi-finals and Southgate spoke last year about the adaptability of players.
Southgate has already seen Mason Mount having to self-isolate this week and it’s a blow as he was seen as a starter nailed to midfield, so maybe it’s time to mix up the pack and the system.
They haven’t decided on the training yet and it’s been a while since they used it, but they clearly want to put it in place for a huge test.
Meanwhile, England face a fight to prevent popular Under-18 coach Kevin Betsy from joining Arsenal to replace Steve Bould, who has quit his Under-23 job.
Moreover, Lothar Matthaus says England is wrong to snub Jadon Sancho – and says Germany will play him.
Borussia Dortmund star Sancho, who is set to join Manchester United for £ 70million, has yet to start a Euros game, has only made one substitute appearance for six minutes and no ‘didn’t even make the bench in the first group game.
Sancho, 21, is a big star in Germany, has just had another sensational season in Dortmund and Matthaus is amazed he can’t get a game.
Matthaus said: “It not only surprised me but also many football fans in Germany because last year he was one of the best players in the Bundesliga and if he is not good enough for it ‘England, we would like to give him a German passport. ”
German legend Matthaus has also insisted that Jamal Musiala – who was born in Stuttgart but was eligible for England and played at the Under-21 level – must start at Wembley.
Bayern Munich prodigy Musiala, 18, became the youngest German player to appear in a major tournament as a substitute in the 2-2 draw against Hungary.
Matthaus said: “He showed his quality yesterday, he played 10 minutes better than any attacking player in the previous 80 minutes. What he did during those 10 minutes was fantastic.
“His assist for the second goal gave Germany the chance to play against England, and without him I think Germany would have come out. “