Staggering: football tactics explained

Gareth Southgate on the touchline as England face Malta
Gareth Southgate's team often use the tool of staggering (Image credit: Getty Images)

Any experienced defender knows they can only be as strong defensively as the players in front of them. 

At any level of the game you can have the best back four in the league. But if they have no protection or defensive structure in front, you can forget about keeping clean sheets.

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.