Euro 2020: England defence a “worry”- Owen

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Former England International, Michael Owen has highlighted the nation’s weak link ahead of the Euro 2020.

Gareth’s Southgate’s England are waiting to kick off their Euro 2020 tournament against Croatia. Remember that it was Croatia who eliminated England in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Michael Owen has come out to air his opinion about England ahead of the Euro 2020.

The former Liverpool said that England has to a problem with their defence amidst fitness concerns about Magiure. He also suggested playing a back-five would not be the answer. Speaking of England’s chances at the tournament, Owen called for a more positive approach from Gareth Southgate.

“I think it’s a worry, I’m not convinced by what’s going on at the back centre-half wise. It’s not our strong point at the moment,” He said.

“I think over the years I’ve always been keen on England going with a back three. I think we have suited it.

“If you go with a back three you’ve got three defenders, two wing-backs which is another two defensive players, then you’ve got the goalkeeper that’s six (defensive players) then you’ve got a sitting midfielder that’s seven, our strength is in attacking positions and if you go with a back three you can only have four attacking players.

“I know it’s an English mentality and I know we always say it but I would like us to play on the front foot. If we are scared of our defence – don’t put an extra defender on the pitch, I would go with a back four and get an extra-attacker in.” He said.

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