Palmer in, Trippier to the right and Saka to the left: my blueprint for England success | Karen Carney

Southgate is learning the best players don’t always make the best team. He needs to change formation and personnel

There appears to be anxiety in the England camp. Their two performances in the Euros have not been what anyone expected. The important thing, however, is that Gareth Southgate’s experimentation has not cost too much, leaving his team top of the group with a game to play but with plenty of improvement required.

The best teams are balanced and I do not think England have found that. The win over Serbia and draw against Denmark have to offer an awakening to the players and management before it is too late to correct the problems. Tuesday’s game against Slovenia is a chance to prepare the team for the knockout stages. A dominant victory would give momentum and rhythm and rebuild confidence. If England fail to win they could finish second in the group and face Germany in the last 16 or even end up third.

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