Three at the back? Select your England XI for Switzerland

Harry Kane (centre), Jude Bellingham (left) and Declan Rice

England have been training with a back three as they prepare for their Euro 2024 quarter-final against Switzerland on Saturday (17:00 BST).

With centre-back Marc Guehi suspended but left-back Luke Shaw returning to open training, is a change in system the right way to go?

Check out the squad list below and select your England XI for the match.

Need inspiration? Back 3 stats...

  • Of Southgate's 99 games in charge, he has used a back three or a back five in exactly a third of them - 33 games.

  • His win ratio is 48.5% with a back three or back five, compared to 60.5% win ratio overall.

  • When facing a back three or back five - as Switzerland use - Southgate's win ratio is 61% from 41 games.

  • This exact side above was used on four occasions by Southgate - all at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, beating Tunisia 2-1 in the group stage, Colombia on penalties in the last-16 tie; Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals, but losing 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-final.

  • Southgate used a back three or back five formation for a run of 16 straight games between October 2017 and ending in September 2018 with a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland, which included every game at the 2018 World Cup. Southgate then flipped to a 4-3-3 formation for almost all of the following two years.

  • England used a back three in just two games at Euro 2020 - the last-16 victory over Germany and in the final against Italy.

  • Southgate has not started with a back three or back five formation in the last 23 games - since a 3-3 Nations League draw with Germany in September 2022. They played four at the back throughout the Qatar World Cup.

  • There has been discussion about England 'matching up' Switzerland's formation, but the last time England 'matched' a top European side with three at the back was a 1-0 Nations League loss in Italy in September 2022.