Martin Keown: Why there were shades of Chelsea in England’s defeat to Germany

ENGLAND bore a passing resemblance to Chelsea against Germany, according to Martin Keown.

Gareth Southgate played an experimental side in Dortmund last night.

However, Lukas Podolski spoiled England’s evening as he hit a rasping left-footed winner in the 69th minute to sign off a wonderful international career that saw him earn 130 caps.

Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system has worked wonders this season, with his side storming towards the Premier League title.

And Keown thinks the Three Lions’ organisational skills were on a similar level to Chelsea.

“With England playing three at the back and dressed in blue, this was like watching Chelsea but without Eden Hazard and Diego Costa!,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“As England’s average positions show, the players knew their roles and responsibilities.

“They had clearly been very well drilled by Gareth Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland, who is a coach at Stamford Bridge.

“There is nothing wrong with emulating things that work well at club level and Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli are used to the roles Southgate gave them.

“Whenever Germany had a goal kick or throw-in there was a real determination to win the ball back and retain it. England were workmanlike.”

England turn their attentions to their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday (5pm).

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