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ENGLAND SQUAD: Looking at Gareth Southgate’s options for Euro 2020

 

Gareth Southgate is expected to name his England squad for the delayed Euro 2020 on May 25th and with 26 spaces who will be chosen?

UEFA confirmed that squads would be expanded in order to deal with coronavirus restrictions and potential isolating players.

That announcement gives managers breathing room when selecting their squads. Players who may have missed out could now be a part of their country's efforts this summer.

The England boss likes to pick his squad on merit but he does so with the help of the FA's partnership the Google Cloud.

Here, we look at some of the players who may benefit from the increased numbers and work their way into Southgate's team.

 

Trent Alexander Arnold

 

If you missed his performance against Manchester United, he was the creative spark Liverpool have been missing all season.

He tormented United with he marauding style and played a part in the Reds' goals.

That included an inch-perfect cross for Roberto Firmino's first goal of the game.

The Liverpool right-back was snubbed in the last international window as Southgate felt his form didn't merit a call-up.

However, on his day, he's the most talented full-back the country can ask to don the Three Lions shirt.

Questions will be asked of him against the higher-rated sides who could look to exploit him. Yet in the games against lesser teams who may try to sit in and defend, he could prove pivotal.

England are blessed in this position, with Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James and Aaron Wan Bissaka in direct competition with Trent.

The increased in squad capacity may allow Southgate to choose three of these players.

Somebody will still miss out and that's a difficult decision to make.

 

Jack Grealish

 

Another position where England are spoilt for choice is attacking midfield. Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jesse Lingard are all in contention for the squad for Euro 2020.

Before his injury, Grealish was arguably a shoo-in for the final 23. The expanded squad of 26 may give Southgate a chance to offer him a lifeline.

It might have been tough to select the Aston Villa captain based on the fact he's missed a lot of football recently.

The revival of Lingard as well as the top quality of Mount and Foden could force Grealish to miss out.

James Maddison is in a similar position where injury could impact his chances of making the final squad.

His inclusion in the 26 man squad would give England a top-quality option to use throughout the tournament.

 

Patrick Bamford

 

Harry Kane will likely lead the line for England if fully fit but that doesn't mean England can rely on him solely.

The Spurs skipper is the country's best forward but he'll need competition and backup for the tournament based on his injury record.

Bamford could be a suitable option for the national team when Southgate looks to other strikers to select.

Dominic Calvert Lewin's form has gone off the boil while Danny Ings and Callum Wilson have been injured for a lot of the season.

Ollie Watkins is another name who could provide goals for England after a great first campaign in the top-tier of English football.

The Leeds forward has scored 15 Premier League goals at the time of writing and would certainly deserve a place in the squad if chosen.

 

Kalvin Phillips

 

Bamford's teammate, the Leeds born-and-bred midfielder has returned from injury after impressive early season form.

The 25-year-old's selection may rest on the fitness of Jordan Henderson as the Liverpool skipper battles to be fit in time for the tournament.

Declan Rice is expected to be Southgate's first choice for a holding midfielder with Henderson available to move back if needed.

Phillips would provide that cover if Henderson fails to make the tournament.

Wolves' Conor Coady is no stranger to that position and could cover too. Although, he may be needed at centre half after Harry Maguire's injury.

 

Bukayo Saka

 

There may not be a more versatile player available to England than Bukayo Saka.

For Arsenal, he's played left-back, left wing-back, and on the right and left-wing.

He's made 30 league appearances this season and become one of the bright prospects of English football.

In the advanced positions, England are gifted. Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho can be deployed out wide as well as the name above in the Grealish section.

At left-back, Luke Shaw should be first choice and Ben Chilwell will probably deputise.

Saka likely won't be first choice but he has experience of playing for England and could provide much-needed depth in a number of positions.

Who would you like to see Gareth Southgate pick for his England squad ahead of Euro 2020? Let us know on social media.


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