Shearer Says Maguire And Pickford To Be Reshuffled

England gaffer, Gareth Southgate has been told to reshuffle his defensive line with Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford among those struggling for form at the moment.

The Manchester United and Everton stars have been told that their position in England’s Starting XI is under threat with Alan Shearer expecting Southgate to make some little adjustments to his defensive pack.

Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender after making an £80 million switch to Old Trafford while Pickford remains England’s most expensive goalkeeper.

Shearer feels changes are required to be made to the back of a disappointing Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to the Czech Republic.

The Newcastle United legend told The Sun ahead of a meeting with Bulgaria: “You could make a case for Friday’s team being a surprise as four of the back five are going through a tough spell.

“Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane with Everton, Harry Maguire with Manchester United and Danny Rose with Tottenham.

“You look at their form and their club results and they weren’t exactly bouncing going into the international break.

“Perhaps you would like to think they could go in fresh and look at it as an opportunity but clearly they didn’t do that.

“I fully expect changes at the back and maybe even in tbhe formation.

“Gareth started with a 4-2-3-1 but changed it soon enough when it clearly wasn’t working. But I think he’s still searching for what he feels is the right system and personnel to fill it.”

A 2-1 reversal loss against Cazech has seen the three Lions fancy their chances of seeing the team in an homely environment.

He believes positivity can be returned to the team and that its players can get back on their feet to produce results.

He added:

“No one has labelled the new England team ‘great’ but we are certainly better than we showed on Friday.

“Thankfully, they have the chance to put it right straight away in Bulgaria and secure qualification for the Euros.

“When you lose — and play that badly — you want a game immediately after and they’ve got that.


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