Southgate explains why Trippier replaces Saka for Euro 2020 final vs Italy

England head coach Gareth Southgate has made one change to his starting XI for the side’s Euro 2020 final clash against Italy, with Kieran Trippier coming in to replace Bukayo Saka.

The Three Lions have moved away from the 4-2-3-1 formation which saw them beat Denmark in the semi-finals, reverting to a back-three which proved so successful in their victory over Germany in the last 16 of the tournament.

Italy, meanwhile, are unchanged for this evening’s showpiece at Wembley, with Roberto Mancini opting for the same side which saw off Spain via a penalty shootout in the last round.

Speaking on ITV ahead of kick-off, punditry trio Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ian Wright all backed England’s team selection and Southgate explained his thinking soon after with pitch-side reporter Gabriel Clarke.

‘Italy cause you a tactical problem, they’ve got a very familiar way of playing and it’s a problem that’s difficult to resolve with a winger because he ends up defending in your own third of the pitch,’ Southgate said when pressed on England’s formation tweak.

‘We want to keep our attacking players a little bit higher up which we hope is going to cause them a problem on the counter-attack as well.’

‘But also we’ve got to bring our best game. It’s not a day to sit and be safe and worry about making mistakes. We’ve got to be bold.’

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