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Gareth Southgate’s discovered a system that could see England become a potent attacking side at the World Cup

We got a sneak peak Southgate's plans for the World Cup against Nigeria

Fortune favours the brave, Gareth.

It looks like Southgate could have come upon the ideal formation and system for this England side as we saw against Nigeria.

But it will take some guts for him to send out a similar team against the big boys in Russia.

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You might just have cracked it

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You might just have cracked it

Southgate sent out a team in his preferred 5-3-2/3-5-2 formation but this time it was a little different.

Where we have been used to seeing Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier start in midfield as the defensive block, this time it was just left to Dier to marshal the middle of the pitch.

Instead of holding back Southgate unleashed the full force of England’s attacking players with Dier the only defensively-minded player in the front front five.

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With just Dier as the anchor it meant that England could play with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard as attacking midfielders and go with two up top in the shape of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

There is the perfect blend of pace, power and skill in that front four.

But as I was getting at, it would be a brave move from Southgate to deploy a side with just one holding midfielder against Belgium who, in Kevin De Bruyne, have got one of the world’s best creators in the middle of the park.

England could be horrifically overrun in midfield against the Belgians with De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele and Eden Hazard pulling the strings.

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But against Tunisia and Panama in our first two games this could be the perfect formation to build some confidence-boosting wins.

Sterling looks razor sharp after the best season of his career with Man City and could be the x-factor player England need at the World Cup.

Harry Kane continues to look like an extraordinary goalscorer, 30 league goals for the season and another fine finish against Nigeria yesterday.

While the tinkered back three with two flying full-backs looks like a masterstroke from Southgate.


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Kyle Walker looked comfortable on the right side of a back three and with the pace he possesses not many strikers will be able to burst past him.

John Stones is now playing like the player we wanted him to be at Euro 2016  and Gary Cahill could be the experienced head Southgate needs to keep everything together.

As well as the creativity through the middle, Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young both demonstrated the danger they can provide down the wings.

And if Southgate plumps for Danny Rose ahead of Young, the Spurs connection on either flank for Kane could be very fruitful.

Stop me if i’m getting ahead of myself.

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