Scholes: England Need an Identity under Southgate

تم نشره في Sun 26 March / Mar 2017. 01:00 AM
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England boss Gareth Southgate must establish an identity for the national side, says Paul Scholes.

Southgate effectively used a three-man defence in the 1-0 friendly loss in Germany on Wednesday.

It is the same system used to good effect by Premier League leaders Chelsea and Italian champions Juventus.

"If he [Southgate] feels that's the right way to go, I think it's a really good way of playing," former England player Scholes told BBC's Sportsweek.

"Over the past few years we seem to copy whoever is doing well, whether it's Spain or Germany. There was a spell when academies were copying what even Belgium were trying to do.

"I think it's about time now that Gareth and his staff brought an identity to English football and the national team that we can be proud of.

"It's going to be difficult and it will take a little bit of time, but if he's playing this way and England are being successful then that's what it's all about."