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Gareth Southgate fever is well and truly alive even in the post-World Cup period. The England manager caught many people by surprise by how well the Three Lions did, but it seems like EA Sports has also taken notice.
A Reddit user has shared an image of new formations in FIFA 19. What's surprising is the introduction of a 3-1-4-2 formation, which is similar to the one that Southgate backed for his England side.
The manager favoured the setup for the World Cup, with Jordan Pickford in net and a back three holding the fort. It allowed the team to free up the full-backs into wing-back roles and push forward more often than not.
Jordan Henderson would be the holding player for Southgate's men, with two supporting attacking midfielders behind Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
It was an eagle-eyed Reddit user that first spotted the formation bearing resemblance to the one that Southgate fondly used.
"And Lazio's [formation]," another user wrote. "And Juve's when they had [Andrea] Pirlo, [Paul] Pogba, [Claudio] Marchisio in midfield.
"It's the formation I used in Seasons last year, so it's pretty nice to not have it [in] UT because the other three-at-the-back formations are pretty lacklustre if you want to control a game."
The three other formations shown are 4-1-3-2, 4-2-4 and 5-4-1.
Football might not have come home, lads (too soon?), but it looks like Southgate's formation has won over the folks at EA.
In Fifa 19 they should be able to let your team switch from attacking to defensive formations when the ball is in transition.- Reborn Shem (@TheBluffShem) 22 July 2018
Completely agree. There are a few new formations that I'm hoping to see in FIFA 19.- Steve Stokes ' Pro FIFA Coach (@FUTTactician) 10 May 2018
FIFA 19 is slated for release on September 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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