Gary Neville and Roy Keane have both backed Gareth Southgate’s England team selection vs Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions boss has not resisted the temptation to mix things up for the nation’s biggest game in over five decades.
Whilst Southgate has kept changes to a minimum, he has reverted to the back three system that worked wonders against Germany at the last-16 stage with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane getting on the scoresheet that evening.
There has been a big reaction to the starting XI – in particular from Gunners supporters upset about Saka being dropped – but Neville thinks it’s the right decision, suggesting Mount’s positioning out of possession is the reason for his inclusion.
“I think Sterling and Mount will drop back in narrow, because the fact we’ve got the wing backs, the wide areas are covered a little bit more,” Neville said on ITV Sport.
“I can only think that Gareth maybe thought that the back four against Denmark was struggling at times, and he wanted that extra body in the back five.
“Maybe the wing backs could draw Italy’s full-backs out a little bit.”
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To which Keane agreed with, calling for England fans to trust Southgate who has made some big decision so far this tournament and been proved right with them all.
“He (Southgate) keeps getting it right, so I think people should trust him and no doubt the players do,” the Manchester United legend said. “Gareth does like Trippier, he’s another defender and extra security in there.
“He knows the game, he’s good on set pieces, I’m not that surprised with it.
“I think the principles of the game won’t change that much, Gareth will want to keep it tight and trust the lads at the top end of the pitch to go and win a game of football.”