The England national team at the Euro 2016 could feature a new combination
The England national team at the Euro 2016 could feature a new combination in midfield if the latest comments by manager Roy Hodgson is anything to go by.
Due to the retirement of experienced professionals like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, there is a vacant spot in the England midfield. There are a number of young candidates available for Hodgson to rely upon. The work for the former Liverpool manager will come in the form of managing those young guns. Hodgson says that he might have a different plan for the midfield at the Euro 2016.
This would involve pairing of Ross Barkley and Dele Alli to provide a steady combination. The former plays for Everton and is recognised as one of the top talents for the England national team. The latter dominates the midfield of Tottenham by being a box to box midfielder in the mould of Lampard. This combination has the ability to change its facets as the game progresses.Alli is capable of both attack and defence while Berkeley will provide an immense thrust on the counter-attacks. Hodgson says that he might try out the new combination in the upcoming friendly matches. Some of the options include playing a diamond midfield or bringing Harry Kane into the position too.
"We have a lot of possibilities in terms of formation. We can play in a diamond, or with one centre-forward, and the big thing is [Harry] Kane and [Jamie] Vardy, who have both been such a sensation.The midfield is looking really good. We talked a lot about Ross and what he needs to add, if he can add a few more goals, and he is doing that now. We have several formations, there no reason why Ross and Dele can't play in the same team because they are all-round players,” said Hodgson.