Alan Shearer pinpoints one position 'that has to change' for England in EURO24 showdown


Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes England have looked 'confused' so far at Euro 2024 - and have made life 'too easy' for their opponents.

Gareth Southgate's men followed up a lacklustre 1-0 win over Serbia with a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday night. It leaves them top of their group and almost guaranteed to make the knockout stages, but fans have urged the Three Lions to be more expressive when they face Slovenia in their final group game on Tuesday.

England have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal, with the likes of Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice all starring for their clubs last season. Newcastle United's Anthony Gordon and Chelsea's Cole Palmer were both standout players in the 2023-24 Premier League campaign, but neither have featured in the tournament to date.

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Former England captain Shearer has been vocal in his disappointment in their performances so far, and feels the players are unsure of what the plan is.

"They look confused to me as players as to when and how to go and the timing of it - where they want to press the opposition," Shearer told the BBC. "At the minute in the first two games and certainly (against Denmark) it's far too easy for the opposition."

Southgate admitted Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold's midfield position is an "experiment" and that there has been no "natural replacement" for Kalvin Phillips, something Shearer found odd.

"I was really surprised by his words after the game in terms of Kalvin Phillips," he added. "I don't go along with that.

"He's got Adam Wharton come on to the scene in the Premier League, Kobbie Mainoo's done that. He has experimented with Trent in midfield and it hasn't worked, that's one position that has to change in the next game."

England's tactics against Denmark came under fire following another flat performance and former Spain and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas says England's lack of press has caused issues.

"I'm trying to still understand what they want to do in each game," Fabregas said.

"They are adapting depending on what the other team is doing - if they let them play they play, if they are put under pressure they go deep, if they have time to play three touches they will play three touches. I would like to see a little more confidence going forward.

"I think Harry (Kane) doesn't have the legs anymore to press too high because you can see the other ones; Jude Bellingham - fresh, full of energy, Phil Foden, (Bukayo) Saka does it for Arsenal and (Declan) Rice presses really high for Arsenal.

"So all these qualities are there to be done, but of course one person not doing it can kill the function of the whole game."