Euro 2024: Conor Gallagher set to start for England

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England manager Gareth Southgate is set to start Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher in Tuesday’s final group game against Slovenia, according to widespread reports on Monday.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was in the starting XI for 1-0 win over Serbia and last Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Denmark but was replaced by the Blues skipper 21 minutes from time in the group opener and then just nine minutes into the second half in game two in Frankfurt.

Three Lions fans frustrated with perceived negativity in England’s tactics had largely been calling for the introduction of Man United’s Kobbie Mainoo, who got four minutes off the bench against Serbia, or Adam Wharton, who is yet to play a minute in the tournament, instead of Alexander-Arnold.

Southgate going with Gallagher and keeping Foden on the wing…so predictable. If we don’t win this tournament it’s solely on him and the FA. Guy wants two holding midfielders against Slovenia

— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) June 24, 2024

In the wake of the draw with the Danes, Southgate told BBC Sport that using the 25-year-old in central midfield was ‘an experiment’ and insisted they need to improve their quality on the ball when they face Slovenia in Cologne, with top-spot in Group C on the line.

He said: “Clearly that was not as good as we’d have hoped. At the moment we’re not using the ball well enough. We know there’s another level that we have got to find.”

Southgate flatly denied he had instructed his players to drop deeper after going ahead, something which has been picked up on by fans and pundits’ alike.

“We’ve definitely got to put pressure on teams better than we have done in these two matches,” he said. “That’s been part of the problem, but not keeping the ball has also been a big part of the problem.”

Southgate said Trent Alexander-Arnold had been replaced by Gallagher early in the second half to add energy to midfield and ‘to press better.’


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