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David Pleat talks tactics ahead of England's clash with Argentina and suggests that midfield is the all-important area to be won if the South Americans are to be overcome.
THE INTRODUCTION OF Nicky Butt could be an important cog in the determination of Sven Goran Eriksson to win the midfield battle against Simeone and Veron - very strong players.
We must stop the early passing of Veron and our midfield will have to play narrow at times when Argentina gain possession to restrict the space. Ortega may drop in, and to give Butt a chance of acting as a semi-shield to the centre backs, Owen must also be aware that when we lose possession he must drop a little bit back towards his own defence.
When we gain possession, particularly if Scholes drifts infield, Cole or Hargreaves will have to make up the ground to support.
One problem for England could be the introduction of Kily Gonzalez on the left. His strength and pace will tease Mills if he gets a clear run at him. It is to be hoped that this rather dramatic outside left doesn't entice the Leeds man into any physical feuds.
England can win the game, but they will need their midfield quartet to play at their maximum as we go into a World Cup game with four players from the same club side occupying the middle ground.
They must make sure that it is not Veron who is the smiling face come the final whistle.
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