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As England prepare for their final Group C match in Euro 2024, concerns have emerged over their left-back position. With Luke Shaw’s injury struggles and Phil Foden’s inconsistencies further up the flank, Gareth Southgate’s side faces a potential challenge against a strong Slovenian team.

Slovenia, whose strength lies in their right-wing play, have proven to be a tough opponent in recent matches. In their 1-1 draw with Serbia, Zan Karnicnik’s dynamic performance from the right-back position highlighted the team’s attacking prowess down that side of the pitch.

Karnicnik’s ability to get forward and contribute to the team’s offense, combined with the support of winger Petar Stojanovic, has made the Slovenian right flank a formidable threat. The passing network graphic showcases the focus of Slovenia’s play around this duo, with 41% of their forward attacks originating from this channel.

For England, the left side of their defense has been a concern, with 42% of the attacks from Serbia and Denmark coming down that flank. Makeshift left-back Kieran Trippier and the winger selected, whether it’s Foden or an alternative, will have their work cut out against the Slovenian attack.

“Southgate’s team will need the support of Declan Rice and a fellow midfielder to provide cover, emphasizing the importance of England’s midfield balance, which has been a point of discussion so far in the tournament.”

Slovenia’s defensive organization and the threat of their counter-attacks will also be on Southgate’s mind. The team’s ability to transition quickly from defense to offense could pose a significant challenge for England, especially if their own counter-pressing fails.

As England look to secure their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2024 with a positive result, the battle on the right side of the pitch will be a crucial factor in determining the outcome of the match. The Three Lions will need to find a way to stifle Slovenia’s attacking threat and rebuild their confidence ahead of the next round.

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