Seven changes Gareth Southgate considering making to England XI for Denmark clash

Gareth Southgate, Manager of England takes a look around the stadium prior to the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Iceland and England at Laugardalsvollur National Stadium on September 05, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Gareth Southgate is preparing to make up to seven changes for England’s game against Denmark after his team’s lacklustre display in Iceland.

The Three Lions scraped a last-gasp win in Reykjavik courtesy of a Raheem Sterling penalty but the team looked well short of match sharpness.

While this was to be expected after the gap between the end of last season to now, Southgate seemingly wants to freshen things up.

Next up is a trip to Copenhagen on Tuesday night to take on the Danes for their second Nations League group game.

One enforced change will be that of Kyle Walker after his sending off in Iceland, with Trent Alexander-Arnold likely to step in.
Captain Harry Kane could keep his place despite his below par display but this could all depend on what the England boss decides to do.

It is claimed that Southgate may opt to experiment with a 3-4-3 formation in a bid to find out more about his team ahead of next summer’s Euros.

That could mean chances for the likes of Conor Coady and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, while Mason Greenwood and Tyrone Mings, could be handed starts.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish could also be in line for a debut but is having to contend with a niggling injury that kept him out of the Iceland game.

Southgate said: “I think the most important thing over the next few days will be to really assess who can do that, what gives us the freshness but keeps enough experience, to keep the balance of the team right.

“Energy will be key. And I think you saw through the Iceland game, particularly through the first 20 minutes, that match sharpness through all of our players.

“It is impossible to expect them to be at their best, given not only the time since their last competitive games but also the shortage of training minutes, so the last part to come is that sharpness around the final third.”

Nick Pope could be in line to replace Jordan Pickford between the sticks but Southgate would neither confirm or deny this, claiming the keepers will be “assessed”.

“We can't just be rigid. We don't want to just stick to one way of playing if we are knocking on the door and not really getting the number of shots of goal that we wanted as was happening against Iceland,” added the England boss.

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