Jack Grealish has his chance, Trent Alexander-Arnold starts, Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling are down

Gareth Southgate is under fire with England looking in dire straits ahead of this year’s World Cup – and it’s clear something has to change.

The 51-year-old led the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final in 2018 and the Euro 2020 final, but their dismal start to the Nations League has left fans wondering if he is the man who will lead England in Qatar 2022. .

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Southgate’s tactics were questioned throughout the tournament

Southgate's negative tactics and defensive style have led fans to demand big changes to the England squad

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Southgate’s negative tactics and defensive style have led fans to demand big changes to the England squad

The World Cup is only six months away, with England having just two games left to play as they prepare for the tournament.

Some think the calls for Gareth Southgate to head are overblown, including talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy, who said people needed to ‘calm down’ after the 4-0 defeat to Hungary where home fans booed the boss after the final whistle.

“Don’t get too excited when we have ten good days, and don’t let that affect you the other way when ten days have been bad.” Cundy explained on Sports Bar.

“Calm down everyone, calm down! »

Meanwhile, Cundy co-host Jamie O’Hara disagreed, saying England’s run in the Nations League – in which they won just two points and scored one goal in four games – was ‘the beginning of the end’ for Southgate.

Whichever side of the fence you stand on, it’s hard not to agree that the Three Lions bear no resemblance to attacking prowess in their performances under the former England international these last time.

England have been outspoken in attack, with Kane scoring his only goal of the tournament so far against Germany.

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England have been outspoken in attack, with Kane scoring his only goal of the tournament so far against Germany.


So what team does Southgate need to put in place to respond to claims he is ‘too negative’ and ease the mounting pressure on him?

Here’s the attacking starting XI England fans are clamoring for at the 2022 World Cup…

When selecting an attack-focused England formation, it would be best if Southgate opted for a back-three with full-backs to allow more freedom to speed up the pitch.

England have an abundance of options in the full-back/full-back positions, but an obvious choice would be Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the defender becoming an assist king for Liverpool.

Those vying for Reece James shouldn’t be disappointed, however, as the Chelsea man could line up on the right side of this back-three – as cover for when Alexander-Arnold bombs forward – with his club teammate Ben Chilwell as a left-back, having performed superbly there for the Blues.

Alexander-Arnold is one of the Premier League's most prolific goal-scorers

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Alexander-Arnold is one of the Premier League’s most prolific goal-scorers

Chilwell and James were Chelsea's top scorers at one point last season

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Chilwell and James were Chelsea’s top scorers at one point last season

The defensive line ahead of Jordan Pickford would be completed by John Stones and Eric Dier, who finished the season in fine form for Tottenham with their renewed confidence in the same system under Antonio Conte.

AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori shone in his first start for England in the draw with Italy, but after keeping Gianluca Scamacca at bay he could therefore challenge them for a place after his title-winning season in Italy.

He also has the ability to score – as he showed against Liverpool in the Champions League last season.

In the middle of the park, it looks like Southgate would benefit from dropping one of their duos, with Kalvin Phillips giving up for Rolls-Royce midfielder Jude Bellingham.

The Borussia Dortmund star would play alongside Declan Rice.

Mason Mount would be another option to maintain that balance in attack and defence, with England sometimes being too pragmatic in big games.

Playing Rice and Bellingham would give England balance in the center of the park

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Playing Rice and Bellingham would give England balance in the center of the park

Forward positions are another area where Southgate is spoiled for choice – which has sometimes proven to their detriment with too many combinations to choose from.

Fans are clamoring for Jack Grealish to start more regularly, however, after a number of game-changing animated cameos off the bench.

Although he didn’t fully seize the opportunity when he started against Italy last weekend, the City star has proven he can light up even the most dreadful games as he does. did when he came on as a substitute against Germany.

With the £100million man left, Phil Foden could then line up on the opposite wing in place of Man City team-mate Raheem Sterling, with Foden hailed as one of the future superstars and key men from England.

Grealish could provide England with the exciting attacking style fans want

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Grealish could provide England with the exciting attacking style fans want

Foden is one of the brightest stars in English football, and his club connection with Grealish could be a big bonus for England at the World Cup

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Foden is one of the brightest stars in English football, and his club connection with Grealish could be a big bonus for England at the World Cup

Alexander-Arnold’s ability to charge forward down the right wing would also allow Foden to drift into a more central pocket, where City star and favorite Pep Guardiola can do serious damage.

At the top, unsurprisingly, Kane must be in the lead.

Not only because of his firepower and proven goalscoring record for his country, but, given that he is also the captain, England will need his leadership abilities on the pitch as they seek to win the biggest prize in international football and end 56 years of injury.

How England could view the 2022 World Cup

England's starting XI calls for an overhaul

England’s starting XI calls for an overhaul

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