Could England win Euro 2020 with a squad of right-backs? FM21 Stories

By Ben Green

Published: 13:52, 13 June 2021

So, there we have it. England’s right-back options are so vast, Gareth Southgate has opted for two against Croatia. Snubbing both Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell at left-back in favour of Kieran Trippier — with Kyle Walker the first-choice No. 2 on the opposite flank.

In fact, it could be argued that never before has England been blessed with such a depth of talent in the right-back area.

The quality on offer meant that Southgate initially selected four right-backs for his 26-man England squad for Euro 2020. Trent Alexander-Arnold, unfortunately, has since sustained an injury and won’t feature in the tournament.

So, neither Liverpool’s starting right-back, nor Manchester United’s starting right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, will take part in Euro 2020. And yet, the position remains one of England’s strongest areas.

Plenty of jokes have been made about Southgate being able to pick an entire starting XI made up of right-backs.

He tried his best in October’s Nations League win over Belgium, starting Walker, Trippier and Alexander-Arnold all in one side together. But we thought we’d go one better.

On Football Manager, we’ve constructed an entire England squad of right-backs, not just a starting XI. We’ve even appointed Gary Neville as our head coach, the most-capped right-back in Three Lions history.

Watch the video at the top of this article for the full squad details and how England’s right-backs fared at Euro 2020.