England coach Gareth Southgate admits he received some guidance from Pep Guardiola

Southgate said: “You can say this for five or six of the top coaches – you are a fool if you don’t analyse the way their teams play.

“I’ve spent time with Pep Guardiola, briefly. I have to say that all of the coaches at all of the clubs are really open. They like to talk about the players and like to talk tactically.

“It’s one of the real highlights of being in the role, that you are not a threat to anybody so you can pick their brains and they might share a little more openly – certainly more than they might with each other.”

England are trying to play out from the back just like Manchester City do. The defensive woes have been solved, but England are still lacking a great finisher in front of goal. They have scored just three goals in 450 minutes of play.

On Tuesday night they face Italy, famous for their defence.