Who Will Make The Cut? Gareth Southgate's England Dilemma
The England head coach has a massive pool of players to select from , with virtually every position having two or three quality players.
Times are looking up for the nation after reaching both the 2018 World Cup and Euro Nations League semi-finals under the guidance of Southgate , and were among the favourites heading into Euro 2020.
Let's look at how his squad might have looked like using his favored 4-3-3 formation.
Dean Henderson (GK)
The 22-year old is currently on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United and has been phenomenal in his maiden premier league campaign. Some fans had even seemed interested in him taking the gloves from current England number one, Jordan Pickford.
Harry Maguire (CB).
The United skipper is physically strong, good in the air ,a composed passer of the ball and most importantly a leader.
James Tarkowski (CB).
The Burnley man is a seasoned proffesional and an ever present member of Sean Dyche's sturdy defence. He should beat Liverpool's Joe Gomez and the injury prone John Stones to partner Maguire at the heart of Southgate's defence.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB).
The Liverpool man edges Man United's Aaron Wan Bissaka for the nod. Although strong defensively, Wan Bissaka does not have the attacking prowess of his countryman who has a wicked cross and is an asset on set-pieces.
Kyle Walker (LB) .
The City defender is physically strong and has exceptional pace allowing him to go toe to toe with opposition attackers . Leicester City's Ben Chilwell proves a good cover for him.
Jordan Henderson (DMF) .
The Liverpool captain is the ferocious, hard working player every team needs. He is also a great motivator and has improved in terms of goals scored and assists this season. He could be deputised by West Ham's Declan Rice, Newcastle's Mathew Longstaff or Tottenham's Harry Winks.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CMF).
The former Arsenal midfielder has thrived in Jurgen Klopp's midfield three and seems back to his best after recent injury struggles. He is good in possession, capable of driving foward from midfield and has the ability to shoot from range. Phil Foden and Mason Mount can provide cover for him .
Jack Grealish (CMF).
Not yet capped by his nation, the Aston Villa captain has been phenomenal in his first season in the english top flight. With the ability to beat players, find a pass in crowded spaces and also a keen eye for goal he is invaluable to Southgate. He can be deputised by James Maddison or Dele Alli .
Raheem Sterling ( RW).
The Man City foward has become one of the best wingers in world football under Pep Guardiola and is invaluable to Southgate too. His pace, trickery and finishing ability bring nightmares to opposition defences. He might have to share the position with Jadon Sancho or move to the left wing .
Marcus Rashford (LW).
The United forward can play as a striker but has proven this season that he is most potent playing out wide. He has the pace, trickery to beat his man and is also good at set-pieces. Can be deputised by the young Harvey Barnes or Hudson-Odoi .
Harry Kane (ST).
The 2018 World Cup golden boot winner is obvious choice to lead the line for the three lions. He is also the captain of course. Tammy Abraham and Manchester United's Mason Greenwood could deputise for him .
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