In preparation for the Euro 2024 semi-final clash, England manager faces several key decisions that could shape the outcome of this crucial match.

After a penalty shootout victory over Switzerland in the quarter-finals on Saturday, PUNCH Online highlights the tactical crossroads the Three Lions find themselves.

Defensive Reshuffling

A BBC report on Monday noted that with Marc Guehi available after suspension, Southgate must decide whether to reinstate him or stick with Ezri Konsa, who performed admirably against Switzerland. The potential return of Luke Shaw adds another layer to this decision, especially if England opts for a back three.

As Southgate ponders his defensive setup, he’ll need to weigh the benefits of continuity against the strengths of individual players.

Formation Conundrum

The switch to a back three against Switzerland brought a new balance to the team, with Bukayo Saka thriving as a wing-back. Southgate must now decide whether to persist with this formation or revert to a back four.

When Southgate switched to a back three to beat Germany at the previous European Championship, he reverted to a back four for the subsequent win over Ukraine. This particular change of formation feels like it could be more permanent,” the report said.

The reports further noted that the manager will be mindful that this tactical shift could be key to unlocking England’s potential in the latter stages of the tournament.


Phil Foden’s position in the starting lineup is under scrutiny after a series of underwhelming performances.

Despite being the Premier League player of the year, Foden has struggled to make an impact for England, failing to register a goal or assist in five matches. Cole Palmer is pushing for inclusion, presenting Southgate with a tough decision.

Harry Kane Conundrum

Captain Harry Kane’s form remains a concern. While he has scored two crucial goals, his overall impact has been limited.

Gary Neville observes, “He is not going to drop Harry Kane. He is one of his leaders, one of the greatest football players we have ever had.

However, Neville also notes, “In terms of his form, he does not look himself, he does not look as sharp when the ball is played into him in and around the box.”

Tactical Adjustment

To get the best out of Kane, England may need to adjust their approach. The current system, with inverted wing-backs, hasn’t provided the quality of crosses that Kane thrives on. Southgate might consider tweaking the team’s shape to improve service to his star striker.

England will face The Netherlands on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Euros 2024 in Germany at 20:00 Nigerian time.



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