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News on the English team against San Marino: The predicted 3-4-3 formation with Gallagher is about to debut

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With five players leaving the squad on Sunday, Gareth Southgate has plenty of room to rotate for England’s final World Cup qualifier

Given that England won all seven games against San Marino by a total of 42-1, it was likely that Gareth Southgate would never field their strongest side on Monday night.

However, with Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Luke Shaw all retiring from the squad on Sunday, Southgate has no choice but to switch.

Henderson and Grealish have returned to Liverpool and Manchester City respectively for further investigation of their injuries, Mount is recovering from dental surgery and Shaw is still recovering from a concussion in the Manchester Derby, while Sterling is out due to personal reasons.

Southgate has confirmed that he will experiment with his cast when England travels to the European Landlocked Country ™. “We will definitely make changes,” he said after the Three Lions’ 5-0 win over Albania on Friday.

“We’re going to make some changes, but what we’ve done well in the past is to keep performing well even with those changes.”

Southgate appear poised to hold onto the offensive 3-4-3 formation he used against Albania after switching from 4-3-3 after England’s lackluster performance against Hungary in October. “I think systems can be very offensive and the full-back system can be very offensive if you have the right player profile,” he continued.

“Balance is extremely important in any team because when you play against an overcrowded defense, it’s not just about the ability to open it with the ball. Winning the ball high up and putting it under pressure and forcing mistakes is very often the way to break the deadlock, or set plays are often the way to break the deadlock. “

San Marino will almost certainly face England so they will have to find ways to break a massive defense again. With that in mind, this is how Southgate could line up their team at Serravalle.

After his excellent form for Arsenal over the past few weeks, this would be a good opportunity to bring Aaron Ramsdale in. He certainly did enough to deserve his first international match, although that game isn’t exactly designed to showcase the English goalkeeper’s talents.

After using Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire as his back three against Albania, Southgate will likely swap two out of three, giving Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings a chance.

Stones has had the lowest workload so far this season so it would make sense for him to stay.

Probable starters: Ramsdale; Stones, Coady, Mings

If Southgate chooses to stick with the full-backs, they are expected to play most of the game in the final third of San Marino.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the obvious choice as right-back, while Chilwell will have to start at the opposing side in the absence of Shaw.

Jude Bellingham should be given a run in the middle of the park, though he could use a more experienced partner to help him keep the pace. Given his limited options, Southgate could restart Phillips before re-mixing as the game progresses to accommodate Conor Gallagher.

Probable starters: Chillwell; Phillips, Bellingham; Alexander-Arnold

Arsenal have had huge hits lately with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka on opposite flanks, giving Southgate the perfect chance to cosplay as Mikel Arteta for the day.

That way, Tammy Abraham can start at the beginning, with Foden and Kane as options from the bank.

While Tottenham might prefer to rest Kane against San Marino, he will continue his quest to become England’s top scorer of all time. It only takes him 10 goals to beat Wayne Rooney’s record and after a perfect hat-trick against Albania he will appreciate his chances of reducing that gap further, even if he plays a minor role.

Probable starters: Smith Rowe, Abraham, Saka

Expected English team (3-4-3): Ramsdale; Stones, coady, mings; Alexander-Arnold, Bellingham, Phillips, Chilwell; Smith Rowe, Saka, Abraham.

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