Alan Shearer Picks His Starting Lineup for England against Switzerland in Euro 2024 Quarter-Final - Offers Solution for Left-side Defense without Dropping Kieran Trippier, as Part of Three Changes


Alan Shearer has named his England side to face Switzerland in their Euro 2024 quarter-final clash on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate’s side are vying for a spot in the semi-finals of a tournament they have struggled in throughout having narrowly made it past Slovakia in the last round.

The Three Lions needed a Jude Bellingham stunner just seconds from time to force extra time, with captain Harry Kane heading in at the start of extra time to send England on their way to the last-eight.

Speaking to Betfair, Shearer named his side for the game on Saturday, making three changes from the game on Sunday.

Alan Shearer has named his England team to take on Switzerland in their quarter-final clash

Alan Shearer has named his England team to take on Switzerland in their quarter-final clash

Gareth Southgate may make changes to his side following a string of poor performances so far

Gareth Southgate may make changes to his side following a string of poor performances so far

Shearer made three changes to the team he has picked for Saturday night’s game in Germany

The former England forward changed just one player in defence, with Guehi dropping out and Ezri Konsa the man chosen to replace him.

Konsa came off the bench to play in defence during the win over Slovakia, though has naturally played on the right side, be that at right back or right-sided centre back.

If he is the man to deputise for Guehi, he will likely play on the left of John Stones.

That means that Trippier keeps his place in Shearer’s team, despite his injury concerns and the fact that he is playing on his lesser-favoured side of defence, normally featuring at right back.

Jordan Pickford remains in goal, while Kyle Walker and Stones keep their places in Shearer’s side.

Declan Rice, Kobbie Mainoo and Jude Bellingham are also picked again by Shearer in midfield, with Mainoo chosen to partner Rice in the last game following experiments of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Gallagher.

Changes have been made by Shearer out wide, however. So far, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden have been the men to flank Bellingham, though have both struggled in the tournament.

Shearer has stuck with Kieran Trippier at left back after he was declared fit following injury

At least one change will have to be made with defender Marc Gueghi (right) suspended

At least one change will have to be made with defender Marc Gueghi (right) suspended

The former England captain would opt to drop Bukayo Saka from his side if he was in charge

The former England captain would opt to drop Bukayo Saka from his side if he was in charge

Saka went to left back and then right wing back during the win over Slovakia, and there have been calls for him to play on the left of defence again to provide a naturally left-footed option on that side, which England have not had so far this tournament.

ALAN SHEARER’S ENGLAND XI TO FACE SWITZERLAND 

(4-2-3-1) Pickford; Walker, Stones, Konsa, Trippier; Rice, Mainoo; Palmer, Bellingham, Gordon; Kane 

Though Shearer has taken Saka out of his side in attack, he decided against putting him in at left back, instead opting for the consistent selection of Trippier.

Saka’s replacement in attack, according to the BBC pundit, should be Cole Palmer, who has been used as a substitute in the last two matches.

Having shone for Chelsea in his debut season with the Blues, the forward has found it hard to break into the England side, but has impressed in his brief cameos so far and, according to Shearer, deserves a start.

On the other side of attack, Foden has come under criticism for his performances and thought he had scored against Slovenia, but for it to be ruled out for offside. England then scored moments after he came off the pitch.

Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze has been the man chosen to replace the Premier League player of the season on the left when Southgate has looked to change it up, but Shearer has suggested another man should play there.

That is Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon, who has played just one minute at the tournament so far after being introduced last on in the 0-0 draw with Slovenia in the group stage.

Elsewhere, captain Kane is expected to line up as the forward in the team, a decision Shearer has backed as Gareth Southgate takes charge of his 100th game as manager.

Speaking on his selection, Shearer said: ‘I think Gareth will go with a pretty similar line-up , I don’t think he’ll go away from what he’s used in the past, albeit he’ll be looking for a big improvement in the performance.

‘This is the time where you have to step up. The Netherlands did it in their last-16 game, Turkey were absolutely outstanding as well. There are some huge games coming up in the quarter-finals, so it’s something to look forward to.’

Shearer has included Anthony Gordon in his XI despite the star playing just one minute so far

Shearer has included Anthony Gordon in his XI despite the star playing just one minute so far

Gordon would replace Phil Foden (pictured) in the England side if it was down to Shearer

Gordon would replace Phil Foden (pictured) in the England side if it was down to Shearer

Southgate has been considering a swap to a back three for the game, a system that served him well at the World Cup in 2018 and has been used sparingly since.

It would be the first time he has started with the system out in Germany, though his side did finish that way at the end of extra time against Slovakia.

A move could see the likes of Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Gordon or Saka line up at wing back, while it is unclear how the team would look in attack. 



Also Read More: World News | Entertainment News | Celeb News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

The Celtic captain, McGregor, acknowledges that fear of losing is motivating him to aim for a possible league and cup victory

Celtic captain Callum McGregor insists he will be fuelled by a fear…

The key player that England relies on in Euro 2024 is Harry Kane rather than Jude Bellingham, according to Gareth Southgate.

We have waltzed through a tumult of pre-tournament narratives this past week.…

Substitute players boost Chelsea to victory against Nottingham Forest, with assistance from Reece James and Raheem Sterling, according to JOE BERNSTEIN

Forest’s survival party was dampened by two late Chelsea goals, though the…

Preview, Predictions, and Lineups for Inter Miami vs Columbus Crew

Inter Miami return to Chase Stadium to take on Columbus Crew in…