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Liverpool and Arsenal have influenced Gareth Southgate’s England team – Martin Tyler | Football | Sport


England have taken inspiration from how Liverpool and Arsenal set up their attacking front three, reckons Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler.

The Three Lions have scored 19 goals in their first four Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The latest two games were a 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday and a 5-3 victory over Kosovo on Tuesday.

Goals were shared around between the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho, who netted his first two goals for his country.

Tyler claims there is not much creativity in the England midfield behind them and has compared it to Liverpool and Arsenal.

“The one conclusion that I went away with, which was the positivity for me, was the front three,” Tyler said.

“We’ve been talking about the front three at Arsenal following the front three at Liverpool as a way of playing, an exciting way of playing, where the midfield doesn’t have to the super-creative, and perhaps England are a bit short in that department.

“But when you’ve got players like Sterling, Kane and [Marcus] Rashford, and Sancho as well pushing them and others, it’s a good way to go into modern-day football I think.

“So I’m sure Gareth Southgate was thrilled with that and I think the England fans were as well.”

Following the 5-3 win over Kosovo at St Mary’s, manager Southgate admitted he was pleased with the attacking side of his team’s game, but less so in the other direction.

“A bizarre game really,” Southgate told ITV.

“There were obvious poor errors for goals but I’m really pleased with the composure we showed. We used the ball well.

“The errors, we have to be better – the players don’t need me to tell them that.

“The outstanding parts of our play were obvious, the errors were obvious.”



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