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Gareth Southgate will surely extend a remarkable statistic against Denmark on Wednesday night.

Incredibly, Southgate has gone 35 games without picking the same team as the England manager and his coaching staff have used a horses-for-courses approach throughout the Euros.

England boss Southgate has switched systems three times, started 17 players in the five different fixtures and only three outfield players – Ben Chilwell, Ben White and Conor Coady – have yet to play a minute.

That is a remarkable use of the 26-man squad and it is a safe bet to suggest that Southgate will change up again to counter act Denmark’s main threats at Wembley.

Southgate's careful chopping and changing could continue against Denmark
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Denmark left-back Joakim Maehle has been outstanding – he is naturally right-footed and can be a huge threat coming inside – and it would be no surprise to see Southgate change his right-back, although Kyle Walker has started four of England’s five games.

But Southgate has shown himself to be adaptable, bringing in Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho when no-one expected it. One for his energy and midfield drive, the other for his width.

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But Southgate has taken particular pride in changing his defence by interchanging individuals in certain positions – Harry Maguire for Tyrone Mings or Luke Shaw for Kieran Trippier at left-back – and yet they are all so well drilled that it makes no difference.

Southgate said: “What is important is that we had strength in depth and we have competition for places. We have always been prepared to give people opportunities which has increased the depth of the squad.

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“It has allowed us when people have not quite been fully fit we have been able to look at players who have been particularly bright in training to make those adjustments and have total faith in the whole squad.

“Maybe in the past were so heavily reliant on one player and that heaped huge pressure on them. But now the collective is strong and we have been able to withstand missing some key players and still get results.

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“The back four has been the best example of that. To make changes in defence is often complicated, but whoever has come in has really done an incredible job. The standard has not dropped throughout the tournament.”

Nor has Southgate’s formation or tactics. England fans will be hoping he gets it right again on Wednesday night as Denmark arrive at Wembley for the semi-final.