England have won 12 of their 25 games when starting with a back three/five under Southgate (48%), losing eight (32%); this is compared to 24 wins in 32 games when starting with a back four (75%), losing just two (6%). Will Southgate’s decision pay off here?
After all of the positivity surrounding a 1-0 victory over Croatia, England’s 0-0 stalemate with Scotland provided some reality for Gareth Southgate’s team. They did, however, seal top spot in Group D with another 1-0 win over Czech Republic in their last game.
Winning Group D means that the Three Lions, who are on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions, renew their rivalry with Germany in what is set to be an enticing quarter-final clash.