PICKING England’S EURO 2020 SQUAD

The UEFA European Championship, the mother of all international tournaments in Europe. The Euro 2020 competition finally gets underway in June 2021. It’s spread across 12 host cities all across the continent.

This is a novel format, as no single country hosting the entire tournament has been seen previously. This should ensure that there is no clear advantage to anyone.

Amongst the 24 teams participating there are a lot of picks to win the tournament. If one considers recent form shown in the group games of the Nations League, the likes of France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Italy are amonsg the favourites.

Having said this, there is another team which has been showing potential amid lacking consistency.

Why England can win Euro 2020

The Three Lions were Semi-finalists in the 2018 World Cup and the 2018-19 Nations League, England could attract plenty of eyeballs at Euro 2020. This is only if they play to their full potential, though.

They’ll have to get everything right, starting with the formation.

Formation

England’s manager Gareth Southgate has always believed in having a strong midfield. This is the lifeline of any team in supplying the ball to the forwards to score as well as holding the defense when the situation demands.

The formation that would hold the Three Lions in good stead as they look to win their maiden Euro title would be 3-4-3.

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This formation has worked well for them in the 2018 World Cup and I see no good reason to alter a tried and tested formula.

With this formation in place, who could the players be to make the team look successful?

Let’s dig into the 23-man squad that I would pick for the tournament!

Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford (First Choice Keeper)

The Everton stopper has been the first-choice keeper for the Three Lions since 2017. Pickford has been in decent form for England as well as Everton this year.

His anticipation of the ball and ability to save penalties is second-to-none. These qualities should earn him the first pick in goal, unless there is a dip in form.

Reserves – Nick Pope and Dean Henderson

Defence

Harry Maguire

Maguire has proved to be the lifeline for Manchester United in defence, along with also captaining the Red Devils. Wth a good head on his shoulders, he should be left back in my starting XI.

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John Stones

The centre-back for Manchester City and England has immense technical ability and physical presence in defence.

His composure with the ball and passing ability matched with an experience of 39 international caps will certainly give him a nod in my team for England, provided fitness is not an issue.

Kyle Walker

A compatriot of John Stones at Manchester City, Kyle’s experience of 53 international caps and a powerful display at right back would hold England in good stead in defence and could be the perfect fix to complete a formidable trio at the back.

Reserves – Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Micheal Keane and Eric Dier

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Midfield

Trent Alexander-Arnold

While the Liverpool star is a right back, in my team he will play as a left winger. This is thanks to the powerful runs he makes to create opportunities by providing creative set pieces for the forwards to score.

Add his free-kick ability to score from outside the D and you have a
complete package.

Declan Rice

A winner of 13 caps in his young international career, Declan Rice has ability to play in both defence as well as attack. He’s my perfect fit for a holding midfielder role.

Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool captain would be by main man in the central midfield to aid the forwards. His passing will help in every attacking opportunity as well as being able to fall back in defence when the opponents are pressing forward.

Kieran Trippier

The Ateltico Madrid star will play on the right flank in my team. With his aggressive approach to create opportunities for the attackers to score along with also falling back as the situation demands.

Being ranked the most creative player in the 2018 World Cup with creating 24 chances in all matches played is testament to his ability to manage incessant runs on the right flank.

Reserves – Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Phil Foden

Forwards

Harry Kane (main striker and captain)

The Tottenham and English striker is a superstar in world football and words can’t describe his unparalleled ability. With already amassing 32 goals in 51 matches played for his country, he surely is an automatic pick in any team let alone England.

Raheem Sterling

The Manchester City star would be the perfect foil to Harry Kane as my second striking option in the matchday 11 squad. His experience of 58 caps will hold him in good stead and if his form is up, he is a sure pick for me.

Dominic Calwert-Lewin

This Everton star would be the wild card in my front 3 having already scored twice in his 5 appearances for England.

Carlo Ancelotti, the Everton Manager summed it up really well ‘He is fantastic with the head, clever in the box and sharp. I think he is going to be at the top in England and in Europe.’

Reserves – Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham

Grouped with Scotland, Croatia and Czech Republic, England should be expected to top the group with the talent at their disposal and comfortably march through the knockout phase.

For me, as a die-hard English supporter, nothing less than winning the tournament should suffice, but will it just be hope or reality, we would know in less than a year’s time!

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