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Euro 2020 – Who makes the England squad?

With the next international game England play being in the rescheduled Euro 2020, the only chance Gareth Southgate will now get to see his players in action will be for their respective clubs.

After the trio of wins for the Three Lions during the international break just gone, the squad is pretty much taking shape itself.

However with a handful of injuries, some players didn’t have chance to showcase their talents in the previous 3 games. This leaves Southgate with a tough decision with just 2 months until the tournament.

Let’s dive in a bit deeper and break down the predictions for the 23 man squad for the summer.

Goalkeepers;

Jordan Pickford – Despite being inconsistent for Everton, Pickford hasn’t really done much wrong during international matches. A season riddled with injuries, however looks to be Southgate’s number 1.

Verdict – Starting 11

Nick Pope – Having played in the previous 3 England games due to Jordan Pickford being sidelined with injury, you’d think Nick Pope would be top of the list to play in the Euro’s. However I don’t think he’ll be number 1. A good shot stopper, Pope needs to work on his distribution if he’s to successfully play out from the back like England do.

Verdict – On The Plane

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Dean Henderson – For me, Henderson should be England’s number 1. It’s as simple as that. He showed last season just how good he is, and it’s clear to see Sheffield United are missing him. While David De Gea is away on paternity, Henderson has really stepped up and performed exceptionally well for Manchester United. Definitely has a bright future ahead of him.

Verdict – On The Plane

Joe Hart – After many games for England, Joe Hart’s career has taken a nose dive. Currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Hart has only managed to play 5 times for the club this season. Highly unlikely to play for England again, but with a few injuries, who knows?

Verdict – Watching On TV

Alex McCarthy / Fraser Forster – Two very talented goalkeepers, however never really managed to make it internationally. If there happens to be an injury to the main three, it will be either McCarthy or Forster to step in and travel in their place. I don’t expect either to be in the 23 unless an injury occurs.

Verdict – Watching On TV

Defenders;

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John Stones – Despite making an absolute howler against Poland, John Stones has been not only the best English defender, but the best defender in the Premier League this season. Guaranteed to be on that plane.

Verdict – Starting 11

Harry Maguire – Maguire blows hot and cold for Manchester United, however is normally pretty consistent for England, and seems to pop up with many an important goal. Currently the best player to partner Stones in the heart of defence.

Verdict – Starting 11

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Connor Coady – Despite not being a starter, a solid option in the middle of the defence. Coady seems to give his all for the nation and will be a ready replacement if he’s called into action.

Verdict – On The Plane

Eric Dier – Currently playing at centre back for his club, Dier is probably England’s 4th best centre half. I think this will be enough for him to make the team, but whether he’ll actually get any game time is another matter.

Verdict – On The Plane

Tyrone Mings – Another having a good year for Aston Villa, but is he really good enough to play for England in a major tournament? I’m not sure. Currently sat on the fence as to whether I’d take Mings or not.

Verdict – Watching On TV

Michael Keane – Currently having a decent enough season for Everton, however I don’t think Keane will have enough quality to trouble the 4 names above.

Verdict – Watching On TV

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Luke Shaw – Probably the most improved player in this England team, Shaw has been exceptional this season. Currently on form, I’d have him over Chilwell, however anything can happen towards the end of the season.

Verdict – Starting 11

Ben Chilwell – Locked in a battle with Luke Shaw to be given the nod at left back, Chilwell needs to be starting consistently back at Chelsea. Currently Marcos Alonso is sharing that role with him, which he’ll need to make his own to boost his chances of starting in the Euro’s.

Verdict – On The Plane

Kyle Walker – Another Manchester City player having a near perfect season thus far. Will be tough for anyone to start over Walker if his current form continues.

Verdict – Starting 11

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Reece James – Still young, but having a brilliant season for Chelsea, and progressing for England also. Will need to be on the top of his game to trouble Kyle Walker however.

Verdict – On The Plane

Trent Alexander-Arnold – A strange one. It seems like TAA is massively out of favour with Gareth Southgate, and it’s been a tough year back in Liverpool for the youngster. The way it’s gone, it’s hard to see him making the Euro’s.

Verdict – Watching On TV

Kieran Trippier – Despite having an ok season out in Madrid, I don’t think Trippier is anywhere near James and Walker. I can’t see him making the team this year.

Verdict – Watching On TV

Midfielders;

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Mason Mount – Probably the standout midfielder in the last 3 matches for England. Been outstanding for both club and country, and seems to be the first name on Southgate’s team sheet.

Verdict – Starting 11

Declan Rice – Emerging as the favourite sitting midfielder for Gareth Southgate, Declan Rice is almost guaranteed to start at central defensive midfield for England during the Euro’s, and based on his club performance, rightly so.

Verdict – Starting 11

Jordan Henderson – A lot like Trent, Henderson has had a tough season in Liverpool. This clearly is something Gareth Southgate has been thinking about, however I think Henderson is currently the best holding midfielder, and would be my choice next to Rice.

Verdict – Starting 11

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Kelvin Philips – After a few starts for England, it looks like Philips is another guaranteed to make the squad for the summer. If Henderson is fit I’d have him on the bench, however if Southgate opts to leave the Liverpool midfielder out of his first 11, Philips will be the top candidate.

Verdict – On The Plane

James Ward-Prowse – A player who’s really impressed me over the last year or two. Ward-Prowse is coming on leaps and bounds, but he may not be quite good enough to make the England side with the sheer talent in the midfield.

Verdict – Watching On TV

Phil Foden – Foden has shown potential from such a young age, and this season Pep Guardiola has trusted him with many starts for the champions elect. If Southgate does choose to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, don’t be surprised to see Foden on the opposite side to Raheem Sterling.

Verdict – On The Plane

Raheem Sterling – Seems a different player when he’s away with the national team, and maybe doesn’t have the same impact as he does in Manchester, however Sterling will get in this side quite easily in my opinion.

Verdict – Starting 11

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Jesse Lingard – It’s fantastic to see Jesse Lingard flourishing at West Ham, after such a tough last 18 months. Another who may not be quite good enough to start, but get him on the plane.

Verdict – On The Plane

Jadon Sancho – It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for Borussia Dortmund, however Sancho has played well. Whether I’d start him, I’m not sure. But I’d definitely take him.

Verdict – On The Plane

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Jack Grealish – What a year Grealish has had. Injury kept him out of the three recent internationals, however I think this won’t matter too much for the summer. I’d have Grealish in my attacking midfield alongside Mount and Sterling.

Verdict – Starting 11

Jude Bellingham – Another youngster in this promising England team. Getting more and more regular chances for Borussia Dortmund, however I don’t think he’s quite ready for a major tournament just yet.

Verdict – Watching On TV

Forwards;

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Harry Kane – The main man for club and country. No other explanation needed.

Verdict – Starting 11

Dominic Calvert Lewin – What a season DCL has had. It’s a shame for him that someone like Harry Kane is his competition, as without Kane he’d be starting.

Verdict – On The Plane

Patrick Bamford – Another England striker who’s had a fantastic season. It’s quite close between Bamford and DCL, but I’d take both to the Euro’s.

Verdict – On The Plane

Ollie Watkins – Unfortunately Watkins is behind a few very good strikers, and despite his standout season, I think he’s not quite good enough currently.

Verdict – Watching On TV

The Final Verdict…

Here it is.

This is my England team that I would be playing for the first game over Euro 2020, against Croatia.

Some big names have missed out, and with injuries normally a big part of major tournaments, who knows?

England however, have a team strong enough to go very far in this competition, and maybe even win the whole thing. Can football finally come home?

So Mr Southgate, in the words of Big Brother…

Who goes? You decide.

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