Southgate will switch to a 4-3-3.

England fans aren't happy with the midfield three set to start vs Croatia

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England have the chance to get revenge on Croatia tonight in the UEFA Nations League.

Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten 2-1 after extra-time in the World Cup semi-final by Croatia and now, three months later, face the same opponents.

But this time, it’s very different.

While a World Cup final was at stake in July, this fixture takes place in the semi-competitive Nations League.

And it will also be played behind closed doors in Rijeka.

There will also be a change of formation for the Three Lions, it seems.

According to the Independent, “Southgate” is set to abandon his year-long experiment with a back three, returning to a back four for tonight’s Nations League game in Croatia.

England played 3-5-2 during their run to the last four of the World Cup but will operate a 4-3-3 system against Croatia.

And the same report has actually revealed the starting line-up Southgate will play against Croatia tonight - and it hasn’t gone down well.

The starting line-up is reported to be: Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford.

While the back-four in front of Pickford looks solid enough, and the front-three are exciting, fans are not happy with the midfield trio.

Just check out the reaction on Twitter:

To be fair, they might have a point.

Barkley has been recalled to the England squad after a two-year absence and he believes he has “matured” as a footballer during that time.

"I'm over the moon to be back, I feel like it's been a long time coming but I feel like I have worked hard over the last couple of years and that it's fully deserved that I am back here," he told a press conference.

"I feel like I have matured as a person and understood what football is, and taken little details on as I have done now under the manager (Sarri). Things are going really well for me now and I'm fully focused on improving and kicking on."

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