Southgate hints at return to back three vs Poland as Mount battles to be fit

Gareth Southgate will make a late decision on Mason Mount ahead of England’s crunch World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Three Lions boss Southgate has been trying not to start a player in all three games and Mount did some gym work before joining in the full training session which will set off alarm bells at Chelsea.

But Southgate insists that Mount would be fit to start as he also prepares to give another chance for in-form Jesse Lingard and has hinted heavily he will revert to a back three to face Poland.

Southgate said: “Mason didn’t warm up with the rest of the team, but he did the rest of the session after so he should be fine. They’re all available as far as we’re concerned.”

Southgate has hinted he will revert to a back three
Southgate has hinted he will revert to a back three

Southgate has used a back four in the wins over San Marino and Albania but has been clear that he believes a back three is the formation that he favours for the Euros.

And the England boss said that it would be wrong to suddenly change his whole tactical thinking on the basis of one player, such as John Stones’ return to form.

Southgate added: “Of course its always good to have different options and players to be flexible in the way they play.

“But equally you can’t build formation or team just on the availability of one or two players because what happens if they get injured a night before the game?”

England (probable, 3-5-2): Pope; Walker, Stones, Maguire; James, Rice, Mount, Lingard, Shaw; Sterling, Kane.


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