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Picking England’s best starting lineup for Euro 2024 clash with Switzerland

England's potential XI in the form of an on-pitch graphic

England have, by hook or by crook, made their way to the Euro 2024 quarter-finals this summer, with a game against Switzerland now the only thing between them and a final four berth.

The Three Lions head into the game as heavy favourites, but Gareth Southgate will certainly be wary of the threat a well-drilled Swiss outfit possess.

So how can he get the best of Switzerland from a tactical perspective?

Well that’s what 90min’s team of writers and editors are here to help with…

Toby Cudworth

England's potential XI in the form of an on-pitch graphic

Four games of four at the back have yielded four pretty terrible performances from England. So, in fairness to Gareth Southgate, he’s right to be switching it up against Switzerland.

Luke Shaw is believed to be fit and I’ve said all along why is he there if he’s not ready to play? Were he at full match sharpness, I’d be inclined to slam him straight in at left centre-back instead of Ezri Konsa. That’s probably not going to happen and Joe Gomez is ahead of the Aston Villa defender in my pecking order.

Bukayo Saka might be dreading playing at left wing-back but there really isn’t any alternative. Phil Foden has been so ineffective but dropping England’s most creative player just doesn’t sit well with me, regardless of how bright Cole Palmer’s cameos have been.

If it’s not working, get earlier substitutes on and change the flow of the game. Waiting around does nothing at this stage.

Sean Walsh

England's potential XI in the form of an on-pitch graphic

It appears Gareth Southgate is switching to a back-three formation, and after the dross England have served up so far this tournament, I don’t blame him.

It’s not a new system to the Three Lions as they played a 3-4-3 variation for much of their Euro 2020 run, but the attacking personnel have improved greatly.

Needs must with Bukayo Saka at wing-back, but this team has the flexibility to change on the fly and counteract Switzerland’s own system.

Tom Gott

England's potential XI in the form of an on-pitch graphic

Marc Guehi’s suspension is a game-changer at the back, so a switch to a back three may be needed to cope without pretty much the only England player who is currently set to come out of this tournament with a boost to their reputation.

Kyle Walker’s move into centre-back should open up a spot for Trent Alexander-Arnold to play as a right wing-back, which should bring about the Liverpool man’s best performance of the summer so far. On the other side, Kieran Trippier should start, with Bukayo Saka relegated to an impact role off the bench if needed. This system isn’t built to his strengths, but he could definitely bring an attacking…

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