Euro 2020: Gareth Soutgate explains England team selection vs Germany

Gareth Southgate made significant changes to his England team for the last 16 tie against Germany (Picture: Reuters)

Gareth Southgate defended his decision to recall Kieran Trippier for England’s Euro 2020 last 16 tie against Germany at Wembley.

The Three Lions manager, as expected, revered to a 3-4-3 system given his concerns over the potential impact of Germany’s rampaging wing-backs Joshua Kimmich and Robin Gosens, both of whom ran riot against Portugal earlier in the tournament.

Southgate’s decision to pick seven defensively minded players meant no room for three of his most creative outlets in Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Mason Mount, even though the latter was available for selection again following a period of self-isolation.

Trippier, a veteran of the side which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup three years ago, hasn’t featured since England’s opening win over Croatia but Southgate believes the Atletico Madrid man’s set-piece prowess could prove decisive, while he also claimed Bukayo Saka’s inclusion was fully merited following his man of the match display against Czech Republic.

He said: ‘It’s down to their performances already in the tournament and in training. Bukayo’s speed behind the backline will be really important and he’s been comfortable at receiving under pressure. That will be key to today’s game.

Bukayo Saka retained his place in the England team for the last 16 tie against Germany (Picture: Getty)

‘Kieran has experience and adds to set-plays with his deliveries. He is one of the best communicators we have in the team.

‘For it to be a wonderful night we have to win, it’s as simple as that! We have to play with composure and we have to make good decisions. It is not a game which can be won just on passion and athleticism. We spoke to the players about that this week.’

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