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Round of 16: England vs Germany

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England lineup (3-4-3):


            Walker   Stones   Maguire

         Trippier   Phillips   Rice   Shaw

               Saka   Kane   Sterling

Subs: Grealish, Mount, Johnstone, Henderson, Rashford, Bellingham, Foden, Mings, Sancho, Ramsdale, James, Coady


Germany lineup (3-4-2-1):


          Ginter   Hummels   Rüdiger

    Kimmich   Kroos   Goretzka   Gosens

                Havertz     Müller


Subs: Volland, Gnabry, Halstenberg, Koch, Leno, Süle, Musiala, Trapp, Nehaus, Can, Sané, Gündogan

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If nobody passes to DCL, he doesn't do so well either.

Maguire is trying too hard to make runs, and has already made a few where he's lost his way a bit. He's going to end up giving the Germans a free counter attack before long.

I'd like to see Henderson on sooner rather than later to give us a bit more passing range in the middle.

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Rice and Phillips are already doing a great job at giving Germany free counters. Goretzka waltzing past them like they aren't even there; Kroos being given all the time he wants to spray passes. 


That was a really poor challenge from Phillips. 


Kane should've done a lot better there. 

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Seems to me England is utterly without what constitutes a midfield today.

Trippier / Shaw are attacking fullbacks, they need space when charging forward. Rice / Phillips hold. Sterling / Saka / Kane line up as attackers. There's a void in the middle of the pitch where Southgate should have put at least one player.



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3 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

eta. Has Sterling forgotten how to pass?

It seems that way.

Henderson seems the most obvious choice in midfield for me. We wouldn't lose anything defensively, but he's a lot better at passing it around and shouting at teammates to do goals.

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