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England Euro 2020 squad: Strengths, weaknesses and predicted 23-man selection

By Squawka News

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Published: 12:59, 10 February 2020 | Updated: 15:25, 12 February 2020

England Euro 2020 Squad: Strengths

After a strong showing at the 2018 World Cup with the pressure alleviated from constantly being labelled tournament underdogs, this crop of England players find themselves in unknown territory as potential tournament favourites ahead of Euro 2020.

Perhaps the biggest reason for their place at the top of the favourites list is home-advantage. Wembley Stadium has attained the rights to host all of England’s group stage games and every knockout round – excluding the quarter-finals – which means the Three Lions could contest a final on home turf.

A lot of the major teams in European football are going through a period of transition and this young and exciting EnglandEuro 2020 squad has the experience and quality to go all the way. It will be interesting to see how they get on with the weight of expectation on their shoulders. England’s wide players will be key to complimenting their strong spine consisting of Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane – if the Spurs striker proves his fitness in time.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Chilwell will offer plenty of energy and quality at both ends of the pitch and the options on the wings of MarcusRashford (who is another fitness doubt), Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling will give opposing managers and full-backs nightmares in preparation.

Euro 2020 Players to Watch: England

Harry Kane

The captain of this current England Euro 2020 squad will be one of the favourites for the Golden Boot heading into the tournament and it’s hard to argue against Kane’s clinical strike-rate in what is deemed by most as the toughest league in the world. Expect Kane to offer a lot more than simply goals for the Three Lions as well as he can also drop deep to free the space in behind for speedy wingers like Rashford, Sterling and Sancho.

Jordan Henderson

Over the last two years or so the Liverpool captain has added an almost non-stop winning mentality to the midfield. Henderson’s tenacious, lead-by-example, mentality will be integral to the Three Lions‘ chances of success. His experience and leadership qualities will be crucial for what is likely to be a young England Euro 2020 squad.

Raheem Sterling

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola can be credited with bringing out the best in Sterling. Having always been in possession of the dribbling skills to beat a man one-on-one, Sterling has added a coolness in front of goal to make him one of the most prolific wide men in Europe. A definite dark horse for the Golden Boot.

Trent Alexander Arnold

What more can be said of the 21-year-old’s talent? That famous corner against Barcelona made the world stand up and take notice of the right-back as potentially being the best in his position – bar none. Set-pieces were a big part of England’s World Cup 2018 progress and with Alexander-Arnold’s right foot on form we can expect more of the same.

Jadon Sancho

The numbers produced by Sancho in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund can sometimes be understated in his native country. Sancho is developing very quickly into one of the world’s most talented players and there will be a lot of interest in the teenager during the tournament – especially club officials from Europe’s biggest clubs with cash to burn. The teenager is surely one to look out  for the Young Player of the Tournament crown.

England Euro 2020 Squad: Weaknesses

This England squad’s glaring weakness has got to be at the heart of their defence. You’d be hard-pressed to pick an established centre-back pairing from the players available. You’d think that £80 million man Harry Maguire, although not setting the world alight in a struggling Manchester United team, has done enough to secure his spot. However, he is not assured of a place.

Joe Gomez, John Stones and Tyrone Mings are among the defenders tipped to partner Maguire, but England are running out of time to consolidate a proper partnership. There must also be question marks over the goalkeeper situation, with Dean Henderson seriously impressing in his debut Premier League season, but Jordan Pickford will likely keep the gloves barring an injury or a catastrophic collapse between now and the end of the season.

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England Euro 2020 Squad: Who could miss out?

Mason Mount

At the start of the season, Mason Mount definitely had the upper-hand in the three-way shootout for that attacking midfield spot in England’s Euro 2020 squad with Jack Grealish and James Maddison. His quality in front of goal led to a call-up to the national team for the international fixtures in the autumn. However, given the upturn in form of both Grealish and Maddison, it’s currently hard to see how the talented Chelsea youngster can beat the other two for a spot on the plane.

Mason Mount | England

Kyle Walker

It wasn’t long ago that it looked like it would take a long time for Kyle Walker to lose his space in the team, let alone face a battle for a space in the squad. The experienced Man City defender has taken the next step under Guardiola and become a key figure for the Citizens and England over the last few years, but given the imperious performances of Alexander-Arnold and the development of Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Manchester United, his place is under threat. We think the versatility of the defender will get him on the plane, as Gareth Southgate will likely trust the defender on the right-hand side of a back three.

Kyle Walker | England

Danny Ings 

England’s most clinical player from open play in recent months should be a shoo-in for a spot on the plane if you take form this season as the sole reason for selection. Southgate will, unfortunately, be sweating over the fitness of the striker after the number of long-term injuries he has suffered throughout his career. We expect this to be the difference between Tammy Abraham and the Saints forward making the cut. Players that play for the bigger clubs have generally been favoured over the years.

Predicted England Euro 2020 Squad (23-man)

Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, Nick Pope.

Defenders

Harry Maguire, Joe Gomez, John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Danny Rose.

Midfielders

Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harry Winks, Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Dele Alli, Declan Rice.

Forwards

Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho.

Squawka’s Euro 2020 Prediction for this England Euro 2020 squad

Finishing Spot: Semi-finals

Despite renewed optimism among fans, we think that the England Euro 2020 squad will fall slightly short of lifting the trophy this summer. A lack of consistency in regards to a centre-back pairing and the fact Southgate will have a relatively young squad at his disposal makes going all the way a big ask.

Fitness doubts continue to linger over key forwards Kane and Rashford; if both men fail to overcome their respective injuries then England‘s front line will look a little light. However, if the duo return to the fold earlier than expected and manage to build both a rhythm and match fitness prior to tournament, this prediction may well change.