Stan Collymore says England must mimic one Premier League side

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Out of Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, whose style would England have most success with at World Cup?

Due to Roy Hodgson naming five Liverpool players in his England starting line-up for the nation's introductory World Cup match against Italy last week in Manaus, combined with the attack-minded and pace-focused start the Three Lions adopted, instant comparisons were made to the manner in which Brendan Rodgers' Reds approached their Premier League title challenge last season.

England were defeated by a 2-1 score in the first Group D match but won plaudits for the strategy, however, their second game this evening, against Uruguay in Sao Paulo, now represents a must-win scenario for Hodgson and his troops and, according to Bleacher Report analyst Stan Collymore, the manager should once again look to Liverpool for his inspiration.

Not in terms of playing personnel, nor in terms of how the team starts the much - but over the formation: "England should consider a 4-4-2 diamond against Uruguay—mimicking the setup used by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers," writes Collymore.

"That would see Steven Gerrard in front of the back four, with Jordan Henderson pushing forward and Raheem Sterling on the right."

Collymore would not neglect any Arsenal input and believes powerfully-built attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a useful weapon for disarming the South American backline: "I'd bring in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left-hand side to add his pace and penetration, with Wayne Rooney in the number ten role alongside Daniel Sturridge—an out-and-out strike pair."

Much has been made over whether the Manchester United forward should be dropped, after attracting censure for his goal-less performance against the Azzurri, despite his production of the pin-point cross for Sturridge's one-touch goal.

Collymore believes Rooney deserves a chance to shine in his favoured position but says there should be no room for sentiment and that if he fails to perform for a second game running, then Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley should be provided the opportunity.

"If Rooney doesn't produce in the first half, he has to be replaced by Ross Barkley for the second. Rooney has no excuses if he's in that role. He'll be where he wants to play, with every chance to have a big influence. My big concern is he can sometimes slow things down with the way he plays. He needs to be drawing players onto him and releasing Sturridge to get past him. That's his true value."

Collymore concluded: "England have got to get at Uruguay. Their centre-backs are vulnerable, while right-back Maxi Pereira is suspended. It's so important we attack them."

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