‘Southgate is awful’ – These England fans react to ‘defensive’ lineup against Belgium

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Kieran Trippier and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the only two players to retain their starting spot from the Wales win ahead of England’s UEFA Nations League tie against Belgium at 5pm.

Considerable changes were expected with this the second fixture of an international break that will see the Three Lions play three times.

Gareth Southgate appears to be sticking to the 3-4-3/5-2-3 formation that’s been deployed as of late, with three right-backs actually all featuring in the starting lineup.

Jordan Pickford is in between the sticks after a barren run of form for Everton, Trent Alexander-Arnold starts at right wing-back, with Wednesday’s captain Trippier starting on the left.

Kyle Walker is the third right-back in action, but looks set to play his 50th appearance for the Three Lions as part of a centre-back three alongside Eric Dier and Harry Maguire.

Declan Rice partners Jordan Henderson in central midfield.

Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford shape up next to Calvert-Lewin to round off the front three.

Here’s how some England supporters reacted to the teamsheet:

This formation has come under criticism for its lack of creativity recently, with the setup meaning that the onus is largely on the wide players to fashion chances.

It will be very interesting to see how this tactic and selection of players fares against a quality side in Belgium, who are led by former Premier League boss Roberto Martinez.

One of the biggest calls is undoubtedly Calvert-Lewin retaining his spot after a very solid debut ahead of superstar striker Harry Kane and fellow in-form talisman Danny Ings.

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