‘England don’t need three at the back… I’d drop Trippier or Walker’

first_imgSam Allardyce has urged Gareth Southgate to ditch his 3-5-2 formation for their upcoming World Cup quarter-final against Sweden in favour of a more attacking line-up.The Three Lions kept their heads against a naughty Colombia side and they sealed their place in the last-eight on Tuesday – winning 4-3 in a nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out. Southgate’s men face Sweden in the next round, following their narrow win over Switzerland, and many are making England the overwhelming favourites to go a step closer towards the final.But Allardyce is concerned about their lack of goals from open play, after they relied on another spot kick from captain Harry Kane to help them to victory over the Colombians.England have scored just twice from open play in Russia, with their other seven goals coming directly from set pieces or from the spot.And former boss Allardyce says it would be pointless to play a back-three against the Swedes and should instead reshuffle the team to bolster their chances of finding the net.Reflecting on England’s last-16 victory on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Big Sam said: “It was nail-biting indeed.“I don’t think we were stunning, we weren’t fluent and we certainly weren’t clinical in front of goal again. England defenders Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier were immense against Colombia 3 “Defensively we look extremely sound, but I think we need more attacking prowess going forward to try and score more goals from open play.“I don’t think they need to play with three at the back against Sweden. They could cope comfortably with two defenders, I don’t think they’ve got anything to concern us going forward.“I would put the extra man in midfield or put three at the top. I think that might work. Stick Rashford in.“England have not scored enough goals from open play – even against Panama it was one great goal from Jesse Lingard and one deflected shot off Harry’s heel.”Join talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals – Saturday, July 7: KICK-OFF 3PM BST 3center_img Gareth Southgate has to change his system, according to Sam Allardyce The England players celebrate their World Cup win over Colombia “But the bottom line is we’re through and that’s really all that matters. We’re through against Sweden and we couldn’t have a better way forward.“But if I was in Gareth’s shoes, and I know I’m not, I would seriously consider changing the system.“For me, it would have to be Trippier or Kyle Walker (to leave out).“If you left Trippier out, you put Walker at right-back and if you left Walker out you’d leave Trippier at right-back.“Trippier has been terrific but it is a big decision you have to make. 3last_img read more