Andros Townsend has explained why he would like to see England play a back five in their World Cup clash against the United States.
Gareth Southgate’s side had a four-man defense for their 6-2 win over Iran on Monday in a smoother attacking performance that fans were clamoring for.
However, Townsend believes a change should be made for their next Group B test.
England played a backline of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kieran Trippier for their World Cup opener, which did well to limit the threat from the opposition despite two concessions.
The USA will, however, offer a different test on Friday night, with Gregg Berhalter’s side heading into the match after their 1-1 draw with Wales.
With the next game on the horizon, Laura Woods asked former England international Townsend if he would be making any changes for the game.
“Maybe not personal but I’m going to be really negative, I’d probably change training” he said on talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I feel like when you play a four at the back and an attacking midfielder like [Jude] Bellingham is, you leave yourself open to the counterattack.
“There were occasions when especially Luke Shaw on his side, the ball was on the right side, Luke Shaw also moved forward and Iran counterattacked.
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“This time around they didn’t have the quality to hold England back on the counterattack but when you look at the USA the other night they have [Timothy] Wow they have [Christian] Pulisic are players who can expose England when they advance.
England currently sit top of Group B after Matchday 1 thanks to their emphatic victory over Iran.
However, it remains to be seen whether captain Harry Kane will be fit enough to play on Friday when the 29-year-old is expected to have an ankle CT scan.
He took a hit from Morteza Pouraliganji’s challenge on Monday and was seen with a strapping around his right ankle after the game.
Kane’s potential absence would undoubtedly be a blow to England, but Southgate will surely be full of faith in alternative options Marcus Rashford and Callum Wilson.
They both had a positive impact off the bench against Iran and one of them may well be forced to do so again, but this time from the kick-off against their American opponents.
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