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Jordan Henderson has admitted England have been working on a back three formation.
England boss Gareth Southgate is pondering switching tactics to face Germany on Tuesday night as their opponents use the same system but they also want to create more chances.
Southgate used a back three at the last World Cup and Henderson revealed that they still work on it in training and could revert to using it in their last 16 tie.
Liverpool captain Henderson said: “We’ve not just been working on it for this game, to be honest.
“We've worked on numerous formations for the past year or two. It is about what we are gonna do within the game.
England have been working on a back three
“We still want to play with the intent, with the same composure, and being ruthless when we get into the final third – in whatever formation the manager decides to use.”
England have struggled for goals – managing just two in their three Group matches – and that could be another factor to try and get more width.
The service to Harry Kane has not been enough so far to allow him to break his duck in the tournament and the wing backs would potentially provide crosses.
But Southgate will be anxious not to split up a tight defence which has yet to concede a goal but knows they must create more as well as get better at set pieces.
Henderson added: “Well, I think we all want to score more goals – that is part and parcel of football. But we've certainly got the players to be able to do that.
“It is about keeping that clean sheet record that we've got that solid base that we have built.
“But for us we are just concentrating on winning the game and how we do that we are not really bothered.”