Matej Vydra claims the Czech Republic have surprisingly spotted Harry Maguire as a weak link in England’s line of defence ahead of their Wembley clash.
This assertion comes as a shock considering the once most sought after defender has fallen short of the standards he previously set.
For the Burnley frontman, England’s attacking line-up poses more threat compared to Southgate’s defensive set-up, which is an area they would exploit in their game on Friday.
Maguire’s sending-off in the Foxes 2-1 win over Burnley further cemented Vydra’s claim as a sign of weakness in his game.
“Kane is top, Rashford as well, Sterling is in a great form. The attack is very strong. Defence, I don’t say it’s not strong as well, but it’s not as strong as the attack,” he said via Sky.
“For example, Maguire. We talked about him at Burnley before we played against Leicester. In some moments it seems he doesn’t know what’s happening behind him, that’s why he got a red card after five minutes in the match against Burnley.
“They (England) would surely like to hold the ball and play a possession game, so we have to be close to them. Don’t be afraid to kick them three or four times – then they may change the plan and play just one or two touches.”
Southgate may have to reshuffle his pack for Friday’s encounter or better still counsel Maguire prior to the game.