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England endured a mixed bag of results following their recent international triple-header.

A friendly victory against Wales saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Conor Coady net their first international goals before Gareth Southgate's men beat No 1-ranked Belgium at Wembley.

However, the fixtures ended with a damaging defeat to Denmark which left Southgate with questions to answer, and here Sportsmail's Chris Sutton takes a look at some of the issues to have arisen. 

Chris Sutton discusses the latest issues surrounding Gareth Southgate's England squad

Chris Sutton discusses the latest issues surrounding Gareth Southgate's England squad

Three or four at the back?

Gareth Southgate wants to stick with the three, so let's support that decision.

Wednesday's defeat by Denmark — via a penalty which was never a penalty — was not as bad as some people are saying. England were the better team at Wembley until Harry Maguire's red card.

That was the story of the game. We didn't lose because of Southgate's system. Let's not forget the same set-up beat Belgium, the No 1 team in the world, earlier in the week!

I've been struck by the negative reaction to this loss. Maguire had a couple of mad moments and that cost England.

So let's not declare this some sort of identity crisis under Southgate. His 3-4-3 can work.

England were the better team at Wembley against Denmark until Harry Maguire's red card

England were the better team at Wembley against Denmark until Harry Maguire's red card

If three, what should happen in midfield? 

England don't have a player with the range of passing of Paul Scholes. They don't have a Paul Gascoigne, even if Jack Grealish is being touted as the next Gazza.

Southgate is working with what he has, and Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice looks like his best combination in midfield.

Harry Winks started against Wales but wasn't in the squads against Belgium and Denmark.

Kalvin Phillips hasn't done himself any harm in this international break — I'm sure Southgate will continue to study how he works as a single pivot in front of Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds defence.

But right now, it's looking like a Henderson-Rice midfield for England at Euro 2020 next summer. Maybe that doesn't provide a great deal of creativity, but Southgate wants his team to be compact.

Jordan Henderson featured for England against Belgium

Declan Rice also played for England in the defeat to Denmark

Jordan Henderson (left) and Declan Rice (right) looks like England's best midfield combination

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