Adrian Chiles would love to see mixed-sex footie teams – but fears they would be wrecked by "alpha males".
The former Match Of The Day 2 pundit, 55, hates blokes who sniff at women’s soccer. With England’s Lionesses into the Euro 2022 semi-final, he said: "I’m a fan of the women’s game, pure and simple, but the idea of trying out mixed matches also intrigues me.
"Make up two teams, each consisting of six women and five blokes. I’m thinking that a 3–1–5–1 formation would become standard. The three at the back would be men. These three wise men would convene in the D on the edge of the penalty area, stroke their chins, stretch their groins and talk tactics.
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"If their competing need to be the alpha male didn’t overwhelm them and turn it into a brawl, a game plan would be agreed upon. This would be given to the '1' in the formation ahead of them – another bloke.
"His job would be to patiently mansplain the tactics to the five women in front of him. Their job, of course, would then be to put it into action by doing all the work.
"Equally obviously, it would be incumbent upon them to give the ball to the bloke up front so he could score the goals and get all the glory."
In 2015 the FA decided to raise the age limit at which girls and boys can play in the same teams from 16 to 18. And Adrian branded men who don’t like the women’s game "sniffy."
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He said: "There are blokes who remain sniffy about women’s football. They can’t have watched much of the Euros."
England's Lionesses will take on either Sweden or Belgium at Bramall Lane next Tuesday for the right to book their place in the Euro 2022 final at Wembley.
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