sport news Euro 2020: England should take real pride... the defence has been SUPERB so far

sport news Euro 2020: England should take real pride... the defence has been SUPERB so far
sport news Euro 2020: England should take real pride... the defence has been SUPERB so far
STEPH HOUGHTON: England should take real pride... the defence has been SUPERB so far at the Euros, and I would stick with three at the back against Ukraine in the quarter-finals

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Defensively England have been absolutely superb during this tournament.

They have been relentless in everything that they have done. Aggressive, strong and organised.

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The switch to a 3-5-2 against Germany was really smart from Gareth Southgate.

It ensured that the team were really solid centrally and, as we know, Germany's best players are in the central areas. The extra centre half meant that those at the back could step out and get after the Germany forwards, knowing that they had cover behind them.

England's defence, with Harry Maguire and John Stones leading the way, have been superb

England's defence, with Harry Maguire and John Stones leading the way, have been superb

But it's not just the defence that can claim the credit. Having Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice in front — pressing and forcing the opposition back — has been really valuable, too.

And when we have had the chance

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