Jordan Henderson could be moved into an advanced role when England play Sweden in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash.
The fitness concerns surrounding Dele Alli may prove a catalyst for the Liverpool skipper stepping up in midfield with a greater attacking responsibility.
Thriving in relatively unfamiliar final-third territory wouldn’t be beyond Henderson’s capabilities in light of his urgency on the ball and extensive passing range.
Manager Gareth Southgate is contemplating inserting Eric Dier as his system’s holding midfielder and pushing Henderson forward if Alli is absent, according to the Telegraph’s Jason Burt.
Utilising two conventional no.6s would arguably be a tactical decision defiant of Southgate’s fearless attacking approach to the tournament so far.
Dier himself endured a tough night after being introduced as a substitute against Colombia, signalling a retreat for England’s opponents to begin capitalising on.
Whilst pushing Henderson up would undoubtedly enhance England’s high press, it would also threaten to disrupt the team’s swift transition between the lines.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s ability to drive with the ball and offer himself in the channels arguably makes him the more natural replacement for Alli in England’s set up.
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford could also be turned to as a ploy to stretch a notoriously well-organised Sweden defence alongside Raheem Sterling.