The English defence is characterised by a quick fianchetto of the queens bishop - i.e. the moves b6 and Bb7.
There is a book by GM Danny King which explores this defence but interestingly King advocates using the move e6 as a prelude to b6 and Bb7:-
English defence by name, English defence by nature!...
"It is notable that world class grandmasters, such as Nigel Short, Boris Gulko, Tony Miles, and Jonathon Speelman have been more than willing to play the defense with some frequency. Other grandmaster practitioners have included Shabalov, Kengis, Plaskett, and author King..."