England set for experimental 4-2-1-3 formation with Phil Foden at No10 as Gareth Southgate experiments vs Albania

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ENGLAND look set to experiment with a devastating 4-2-1-3 formation against Albania tomorrow night – with Phil Foden deployed in the No10.

Gareth Southgate has used a variety of shapes and tactics during his five years in charge.

This is how England are expected to line up against Albania on Friday night
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Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Harry Maguire will help form the spine of the team[/caption]

And he has so many attacking talents at his disposal to take on Albania on Friday night in their World Cup qualifier.

It will be the Three Lions’ 11th and final game at Wembley in 2021 – and the manager is clearly keen to turn on the style for the sold-out stadium.

The predicted starting XI sees regular No1 Jordan Pickford keep his spot between the sticks.

In front of him is a standard back four – rather than the three we have often seen under Southgate.

Kyle Walker and Ben Chilwell are the full-backs either side of John Stones and Harry Maguire.

Jordan Henderson gets the nod in midfield alongside Kalvin Phillips.


And then it is an embarrassment of riches going forward with Foden behind Bukayo Saka, skipper Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Foden pulled the strings in a central-midfield role in Andorra last month but is usually used out wide or even as a false No9 for Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.

Kane and Sterling have struggled for form at club level this term but are trusted by Southgate to deliver on the international stage.

There is no Mason Mount as he continues to recover from his wisdom teeth surgery, while Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse are also unavailable.

Southgate, whose team complete their World Cup qualifying campaign in San Marino on Monday, said: “We’ve had some incredible nights already at Wembley this year.

“We started at Wembley this year with nobody in the ground so for us to finish it with a full house shows the progress the team have made.

“The connection is back with the fans and life is returning to normal, too.

“It is an amazing level of support we get when you look around teams in Europe.

“We want to put on a performance that sends people home happy — and also those watching at home.”

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