England team news: Gareth Southgate has four problems to solve for Ukraine quarter-final


    However, he was thrust back into the thick of things against the Czech Republic and kept his place for the first contest of the knockout stages, delivering inspired performances in both. 

    Unfortunately, Maguire joins Rice, Phillips and Phil Foden on the list of Three Lions stars one caution away from a one-game suspension, with England likely to face a sterner test should they make the semi-finals, Maguire may be best left on the bench for emergency use only against Ukraine. 

    Southgate’s choice of formation has been under the spotlight since the first whistle, opting for a back-five against Germany which worked a treat as the England backline nullified any threat from their opposition. 

    England’s campaign began using four defenders, but as the stakes of each game has risen, Southgate has been inclined to take a more defensive approach which has divided fans and pundits alike. 

    Undeniably, this England team will be expected to adopt a more attacking philosophy against a Ukraine side ranked 24th in the world. 


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