Ryan Giggs has hit the nail on the head with his analysis of England's midfield v Brazil

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It was yet another boring game involving England during the international break.

After the 0-0 draw with Germany, Gareth Southgate's side took on Tite's in-form Brazil and managed to hold the Selecao to the same scoreline.

It was not exactly a thrilling game, with the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus trying their hardest to make something happen but they were thwarted by the excellent defensive duo of John Stones and Joe Gomez.

However, further forward, England lacked ideas, with the midfield area noticeably weak compared to their South American opponents.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek struggled to match his performance against Germany, while Eric Dier and Jake Livermore simply possess zero creativity.

Harry Winks is a big miss, while Jordan Henderson simply only adds to the issue with his constant sideways passing.


After the game, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs discussed Southgate's midfield woes in the ITV studio and brought up a hugely interesting point, one which will certainly divide opinion.

He believes that England simply need a midfielder to carry the ball forward and the Welshman believes the best man to do so for the Three Lions is Arsenal man, Jack Wilshere.


To be fair, he has a point and it seemed strange that Gareth Southgate was so reluctant to call him up, particularly after selecting Dominic Solanke and trying to get Danny Drinkwater, two players who have played less football than Wilshere.

Winks is likely going to be the man tasked with performing this role at the World Cup, while Adam Lallana could also be tried out in the new 3-5-2 formation.


“Jack played as a number 10 all of last season on loan at Bournemouth,” Southgate said.


“That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele [Alli] and [Adam] Lallana. But we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow.

“I don’t think Jack is a 10. I think he’s a deeper player but he’s not playing deeper.

“He didn’t play deeper for Bournemouth, you’d have to ask Eddie [Howe] why that was. He is not playing deeper for Arsenal. Again you’d have go ask Arsene [Wenger] why that was.

“But I want to be clear. I really like Jack Wilshere as a player, he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual.

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“He’s a top kid. He’s a player that can play his way into our team. His understanding of the game is excellent.

“I’m hoping we are in a position in March where we can pick him.”

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