Gareth Southgate's prepared to bring in forgotten man in to solve England's problems


It's fair to say that Gareth Southgate hasn't set the world alight as England manager, even if he has led his country to the World Cup finals in Russia next year.

England have breezed qualification for the third tournament in a row, but recent history tells us sterner tests lie ahead and the Three Lions have a problem performing at major finals.

In fact, they haven't really put on a show to get past the likes of Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia in qualification.

The national team's past few games at Wembley haven't come close to selling out the 90,000 capacity with large empty areas of the stadium - sometimes minus around 30,000 people - hard to ignore.

Southgate's negative tactics could be the reason behind a lot of the fans' frustration as the former Middlesbrough boss insists on playing two midfielders at home against clearly inferior opposition.

Eric Dier and often-captain Jordan Henderson have come under heavy criticism for their lack of creativity in the middle and it appears as though Southgate is prepared to take drastic measures heading into next summer.

Despite not playing a minute of Premier League action so far this season, Southgate is looking to include Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in his plans for next summer and heavily considered picking him for his latest squad.

When asked directly whether Wilshere has an international future, Southgate said: "We're in a position where there's no way we would dismiss any creative player. But people have to be playing and have to be playing at a good level."

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It sounds like Southgate knows all too well that the Three Lions are lacking any real creativity in the midfield and Wilshere has long been the most talented option available - he's just never fit.

After spending last season on loan with Bournemouth in a bid to kick-start his career, the deal was cut short when Wilshere broke his leg.

Although the 25-year-old has looked good for Arsenal in cup competition so far this term, he'll need to start playing regularly if he wants to give Southgate a decision to make.


The Daily Mail are also reporting that Southgate considers Nathaniel Chalobah the type of player to fill a similar role thanks to his vision and mobility. The Watford man is currently out or the long term with a fractured kneecap.

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