England coach Gary Neville has been photographed with the tactics sheet of how the Three Lions are going to set up against Italy, according to the Daily Record.
It suggests that Roy Hodgson will take a gamble and play a high pressure game in the humidity in Manaus.
The paper cites that the sheet read. “When the ball goes into control zone – team must make at least 3 passes before hitting the CF.
“Once the ball is played into the end zone – 2 MFs try to get in and support for a 3v2.
“However, if the defending team win the ball back they counter straight away.”
If the tactics that are on Neville sheet are true it is a contrast to the game plan that many England fans thought would be the case, to sit back and take the draw.
Other than the heat in Manaus, the tactics sheet that Neville was photographed with also shows how England are going to deal with the other main concern, Andrea Pirlo.
As he demonstrated in the European Championships quarter finals against England, once the Italian is on the ball the game changes to run at his pace, making it essential to mark him out of it.
Neville's tactics sheets suggests that the 35-year-old will get no time on the ball and from the moment the game starts will be pressured by England.
The Three Lions will have to boss the midfield if they have any chance of leaving the Brazilian jungle with maximum points.
It is pleasing to see that an England manager is prepared to take the "He who dares wins" approach to gain a result, especially after the criticisms of his squad were revived after only managing a draw with Ukraine during qualification with a negative style.
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