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CHRIS SUTTON: England do not have a Gascoigne or a Scholes… Southgate is working with what he has

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England endured a mixed bag of results following their recent international triple-header.

A friendly victory against Wales saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Conor Coady net their first international goals before Gareth Southgate‘s men beat No 1-ranked Belgium at Wembley.

However, the fixtures ended with a damaging defeat to Denmark which left Southgate with questions to answer, and here Sportsmail‘s Chris Sutton takes a look at some of the issues to have arisen. 

Chris Sutton discusses the latest issues surrounding Gareth Southgate's England squad

Chris Sutton discusses the latest issues surrounding Gareth Southgate’s England squad

Three or four at the back?

Gareth Southgate wants to stick with the three, so let’s support that decision.

Wednesday’s defeat by Denmark — via a penalty which was never a penalty — was not as bad as some people are saying. England were the better team at Wembley until Harry Maguire’s red card.

That was the story of the game. We didn’t lose because of Southgate’s system. Let’s not forget the same set-up beat Belgium, the No 1 team in the world, earlier in the week!

I’ve been struck by the negative reaction to this loss. Maguire had a couple of mad moments and that cost England.

So let’s not declare this some sort of identity crisis under Southgate. His 3-4-3 can work.

England were the better team at Wembley against Denmark until Harry Maguire's red card

England were the better team at Wembley against Denmark until Harry Maguire’s red card

If three, what should happen in midfield? 

England don’t have a player with the range of passing of Paul Scholes. They don’t have a Paul Gascoigne, even if Jack Grealish is being touted as the next Gazza.

Southgate is working with what he has, and Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice looks like his best combination in midfield.

Harry Winks started against Wales but wasn’t in the squads against Belgium and Denmark.

Kalvin Phillips hasn’t done himself any harm in this international break — I’m sure Southgate will continue to study how he works as a single pivot in front of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds defence.

But right now, it’s looking like a Henderson-Rice midfield for England at Euro 2020 next summer. Maybe that doesn’t provide a great deal of creativity, but Southgate wants his team to be compact.

Jordan Henderson featured for England against Belgium

Declan Rice also played for England in the defeat to Denmark

Jordan Henderson (left) and Declan Rice (right) looks like England’s best midfield combination

Time to ditch Pickford?

England need to pick the best goalkeeper available to them and, right now, that is Nick Pope. Jordan Pickford does not fill me with confidence.

We’ve seen him flapping in goal at club level for Everton, including against Brighton before this break. Liverpool’s forwards will be wanting to test him in tomorrow’s Merseyside derby, too. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson love to cross the ball, so let’s see how Pickford fares with his catching at Goodison Park.

Pope was very assured against Wales. Give him another go, Gareth!

Jordan Pickford does not fill me with confidence so Nick Pope (centre) should start in goal

Jordan Pickford does not fill me with confidence so Nick Pope (centre) should start in goal

Should Grealish be starting?

Raheem Sterling on the left, Harry Kane in the middle and Marcus Rashford on the right. That is England’s best front three. ITV pundit Roy Keane suggested on Wednesday night that Grealish is being made out to be the Messiah and he isn’t wrong about that.

The more Grealish is out of the team, the more his reputation is growing! But the bottom line is, if everybody is fit, the Aston Villa captain doesn’t get in England’s front three.

Maybe the sight of Jadon Sancho coming on against Denmark was like a slap in the face to Grealish. Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the left seemed strange, too.

But Grealish will just have to keep trying to impress Southgate when in a Villa shirt. The 25-year-old seems to have nailed down his spot in the squad. That’s a good start.

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish does not get in England's front three if everyone is available

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish does not get in England’s front three if everyone is available

One reason to be cheerful ahead of Euro 2020… And one reason to be fearful

Cheerful: The headline from this international break should be the fact England beat the world’s best-ranked team using Southgate’s preferred system.

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It isn’t always pretty — I know we’d all like to see expansive, free-flowing football from the national team — but it worked.

If England win Euro 2020 playing that way, I won’t be complaining!

Fearful: There are too many unanswered questions surrounding England’s back line.

What does Southgate do with Maguire now? Should Conor Coady be starting? Is Joe Gomez out of the picture? Is Eric Dier even a defender?

Wouldn’t Tyrone Mings, as a left-footer, be a natural fit on the left side of the three?

I know I’d have Alexander-Arnold starting as my right wing back and Ben Chilwell on the left, even if they are used as full backs by their club managers.

So Southgate has some problem-solving to do, with England’s next meeting with Belgium less than a month away.

I would play Alexander-Arnold as a right wing-back even though he is a full back at Liverpool

I would play Alexander-Arnold as a right wing-back even though he is a full back at Liverpool

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Ryan Garcia called out by pregnant girlfriend after allegedly kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo

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RYAN GARCIA has been labelled a “piece of s***” by his pregnant girlfriend after he was caught kissing another woman.

The unbeaten lightweight boxer was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo outside of a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Ryan Garcia was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo

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Ryan Garcia was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo
Ryan Garcia allegedly told girlfriend Drea Celina that he was busy training for his next fight

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Ryan Garcia allegedly told girlfriend Drea Celina that he was busy training for his next fight

Garcia’s girlfriend Drea Celina is due to give birth to his second child in just seven weeks.

But Garcia, 22, was filmed with Malu during a night out with friends.

It is understood that the incident happened on October 24 outside of the trendy N10 Restaurant – owned by Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

The viral video shows boxing phenomenon Garcia leaving the building with the social media star, who turned 18 this month.

Garcia and Malu are seen kissing and hugging each other in front of onlookers.

After the shocking footage went viral, his girlfriend shared a statement to her social media page.

Drea, who has since made her Instagram account private, wrote: “Meanwhile, I go visit my family he tells me he’s training hard for this fight.

“But IG SHOWS ME THIS.

The pair enjoyed an intimate moment together outside of the restaurant

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The pair enjoyed an intimate moment together outside of the restaurant
Malu Trevejo has racked up 8.5million followers on her Instagram page

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Malu Trevejo has racked up 8.5million followers on her Instagram page
TikTok star Malu Trevejo turned 18 this month

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TikTok star Malu Trevejo turned 18 this month

“Seven weeks left until I give birth and this piece of s*** stay being disgusting.

“While he barely even sees Rylie his daughter with @catherinegamez…

“@kingryang is a HORRIBLE EVIL HUMAN.”

According to a report shared by HITC, Garcia responded with his own statement.

It read: “Just clearing some things I seen regarding Malu and Drea.

“Andrea and I aren’t engaged but we were still trying to fix our relationship.

“Malu and I went there as friends and we got caught up in the moment but there isn’t anything there, I didn’t intend to hurt anyone.

“This is my personal life and I’m not going to speak on this ever again.”

Ryan Garcia's girlfriend shared this statement to her Instagram story

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Ryan Garcia’s girlfriend shared this statement to her Instagram story
Ryan Garcia boasts a perfect boxing record of 20-0

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Ryan Garcia boasts a perfect boxing record of 20-0Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Garcia’s first child, with former flame Catherine Gamez, was born in March 2019.

Malu, who has 8.5million Instagram followers, has also given her side of the story.

She said: “I met up with him because he was a very nice guy, he was very sweet.

“Yeah he told he had a kid, but he never told me that he was engaged and he never told me that he had another baby coming.

“But he’s a really nice dude and I didn’t know that.

“Let’s just not get into that. I just woke up and I’m seeing all this s***.

“Did not know he was engaged and I texted him and ask him why he didn’t tell me and he said because they’re on and off.”

Garcia is preparing for his return to the ring on December 5 when he will face Luke Campbell for the WBC’s interim title.

The American has an incredible record of 20-0 including 17 knockouts so far.

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UFC legend Micael Bisping blasts ’embarrassing’ video of Ryan Garcia confronting YouTuber Jake Paul with fight contract

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Marcus Rashford reveals impressive muscles as he launches Nike underwear line

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KIDS’ food champion Marcus Rashford shows he’s a bit of a beefcake himself as he launches Nike’s latest underwear line.

The Man United and England forward took a break from campaigning for free holiday meals for poorer schoolchildren to share this snap on Instagram.

Marcus Rashford revealed his impressive muscles in a pair of red Nike underwear

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Marcus Rashford revealed his impressive muscles in a pair of red Nike underwearCredit: S Goodwin 2019
The footballer showed off his enviable physique as he launched Nike’s latest underwear line

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The footballer showed off his enviable physique as he launched Nike’s latest underwear lineCredit: S Goodwin 2019

The busy 22-year-old has a lot on his plate.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the footballer is set to miss out on a BBC Sports Personality of the Year nomination, despite his remarkable charity work.

Rashford is odds-on favourite with the bookies for the award after earning plaudits for his tireless campaigning for disadvantaged children to receive free meals during school holidays.

But the reports claim the star is likely to be overlooked as the Beeb’s guidelines state only ‘sporting achievements’ can be considered – despite the name of the award.

The kids’ food champion wowed in a pair of black boxers covered in the Nike logo

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The kids’ food champion wowed in a pair of black boxers covered in the Nike logoCredit: S Goodwin 2019

That would leave Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton a strong contender after the Mercedes ace beat Michael Schumacher’s long-standing wins record at the Portuguese GP.

Rashford forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for the free school meals programme to be extended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

And he took on ministers again as many vulnerable children head into the half-term without the safety net of food provided at school.

The Man United star forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for free school meals to be extended

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The Man United star forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for free school meals to be extendedCredit: PA:Press Association
Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford helps out at food charity after MPs reject bid to extend school meals

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Manchester United ‘will activate Dayot Upamecano’s £38m release clause next summer’

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Manchester United will reportedly activate Dayot Upamecano’s £38million release clause next summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his defensive options.

United have had their eye on the 24-year-old for some time, having previously invited him to Old Trafford for a tour of the club in 2015 before he moved from Valenciennes to Red Bull Salzburg aged 16 for £2million.

Having signed a new contract until 2023 with his current club RB Leipzig, Upamecano’s relatively small release clause will activate next summer – allowing Solskjaer to reignite his long-standing interest in the defender. 

Manchester United will activate Dayot Upamecano's £38million release clause next summer

Manchester United will activate Dayot Upamecano's £38million release clause next summer

Manchester United will activate Dayot Upamecano’s £38million release clause next summer

According to The Times, Upamecano’s release clause will become active during next years summer transfer window for £7million less than his previous – allowing a host of top-flight club’s time to prepare a transfer swoop.

Solskjaer will be looking to get ahead of the pack as he requires defensive stability within his Manchester United side.

Upamecano is a dynamic, confident defender who excels when playing in the counter-attacking style that Solskjaer deploys.

The Red Devils manager will have an opportunity to watch Upamecano in action as his players take on Leipzig in Wednesday’s Champions League fixture.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his eye on the 24-year-old defender for some time

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his eye on the 24-year-old defender for some time

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his eye on the 24-year-old defender for some time 

Upamecano signed a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2023 after making 120 appearances

Upamecano signed a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2023 after making 120 appearances

 Upamecano signed a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2023 after making 120 appearances 

Having previously denied claims that he was trying to sign Upamecano, Solskjaer claimed he refused to respond to speculation out of respect for Leipzig – but insists he will be watching the defender ‘close up’ on Wednesday.   

Solskjaer said: ‘I’ve always tried to respect that they are players for other teams and don’t want to comment on every player that we are linked to, but since he’s playing against us tomorrow I know he’s a very good player so we can see him close up.’ 

Upamecano has featured 120 times for Leipzig since he joined from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2017. 

Upamecano’s impressive form for Leipzig has seen him gain the attention of Europe’s elite. 

Solskjaer hopes Upamecano will solve the defensive issues Manchester United are having

Solskjaer hopes Upamecano will solve the defensive issues Manchester United are having

 Solskjaer hopes Upamecano will solve the defensive issues Manchester United are having

However, it is still Manchester United who are leading the charge for football’s most coveted young defenders. 

United currently have six senior centre-backs in the first-team squad but have failed to show any defensive stability. 

Harry Maguire, who joined for a world-record fee for a defender – £80m – in 2019, has had a torrid time recently at the heart of the United defence, whilst players such as £31m Victor Lindelof and £27m Luke Shaw are flattering to deceive, having both made costly errors in recent Premier League defeats. 

Should Solskjaer sign Upamecano, he will hope his defensive troubles will finally be over. 

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