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Are England playing the wrong formation?

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England rely on 4-4-2 (©GettyImages)
England rely on 4-4-2 (©GettyImages).

Over their career managers have the important decision to make of which formation they will pick for the upcoming game and whether to stick with that formation throughout the season.

There are many well-known formations such as; 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2 etc. The ‘famous’ England way is to go with a 4-4-2 whilst every other team seems to adapt to a new formation, which gives them more depth but also more opportunities going forward. Every team has a different formation and I’m not here to tell you which is the correct one.

Let’s take England for example; they play a very basic 4-4-2. Four defenders, four midfielders and two strikers. Very basic and very old-fashioned. Then again, this is England we’re talking about. 

Those four midfielders are there for stability but also to join the strikers and support them. The four defenders are there to defend but sometimes the full-backs will join the attack. It’s a very common and very basic formation, ten years ago.

Football develops and so do formations, however England do not. You take a team like Brazil – they play a 4-2-3-1. Very smart formation which provides you with great depth but also great chances out wide. The four defenders do the same as any formation. They defend but the full-backs also like to join the attack.

Those two midfielders are absolutely crucial to the teams productivity. The first two of the midfielders is a holding midfielder in which they help out the defenders but are also the link-up-man. 

They can provide great outsets and can play from the back with the ball, bringing it forward. The second midfielder is a box-to-box midfielder, this player will work his socks off to get to every challenge but also to create every attack and to help.

You then have the three more attacking minded midfielders; A left winger, an attacking play maker and a right winger. The wingers provide the width and spam in those crosses to the box or like to take on a player or two and offload it. Very skilful players but also very fast.

The advanced play maker creates chances out of anything, feeding the striker in one-on-one situations but also having a shot or two. He understands the game very well, occasionally working back but mostly acting as a false 9 as in he’s everywhere but always in the right position.

Finally  the striker is absolutely lethal in front of goal, or well, should be. Take Robin van Persie as an example, absolutely beautiful player, gracious in front of goal and will finish every time. That’s what the striker should be. Every time he gets fed in a one-on-one situation should be finishing every time.

Some managers, prefer to play more of a basic formation like Roy Hodgson but for the current footballing world I can’t see the formation working as well as it should, 10 years ago would have worked perfectly. That’s when this formation was used and it was used well. But now, times move on, new managers are adapting to different strategies and to different formations as should Roy.

I was wrong, I am telling you which formation is the best, and it’s the 4-2-3-1. It has everything.


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