Should England switch to a diamond formation?

Roy Hodgson on air

There seems to be a very good starting XI amongst the contingent that would suit the system well.

There has been a lot said about this England squad, that it is a team for the future, fearless, exciting and has some wonderful talent. But is it getting the best out of the talent?

At the moment, England operate a system where players seem to be playing in positions that are a little alien compared to their clubs. 

Wayne Rooney isn't playing up front in his preferred position, Steven Gerrard is sitting deep with someone else with him rather than on his own so he can dictate play, and there does seem to be an element of square pegs in round holes - look at the position Danny Welbeck plays at the moment. He is not a left winger, but that's the part of the field he is operating in.

So what could England do? A lot has been mentioned about the Liverpool contingent in this team, and it wouldn't be the worst idea to switch to a system that the Reds used in the latter part of the season in the 4-4-2 diamond.

It could allow Wayne Rooney to join Daniel Sturridge in attack in a more preferred role, Raheem Sterling can play in the central role at the head of the diamond and Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson could play either side of the diamond to give it a bit of balance.

Not only that, but if those two tuck in, it could allow Leighton Baines and Glen Johnson to play to their strengths going forward. It is a game they are comfortable with and would allow England to play with some natural width.

Whilst there are some concerns over Steven Gerrard covering for full-backs when they join the attack, the youthfulness and energy of both Henderson and Wilshere should be able to make up for that and be able to get up and down the pitch with ease.

The squad is made up of players who can fit into the system with relative ease in Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when he returns to fitness. 

Of course, some would say that playing a system isn't Roy Hodgson's way, that he likes to dominate the midfield and be solid rather than more adventurous. 

There was very little fear in the performance against Italy, but there was still something missing, but Hodgson does have players at his disposal that could work well in this system, rather than trying to make a group of players work well in his system.

Though it is unlikely he will take what would be regarded as a gamble against Uruguay on Thursday, it would be a refreshing approach from the England manager if he did. 

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