Euro Squad – England 2020
Let’s take a look at Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020 and what each of these 26 England players will bring in terms of talent and skills to the final squad in Euro 2020 this summer.
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Jordan Pickford is always England’s no 1 goalkeeper and Gareth Southgate always picks him ahead of others. He leads the Euro 2020 squad and he will be no stranger to the European Championship bringing with him plenty of experience. He will no doubt start the opening match against Croatia in this European Championships. Under pressure, Pickford can be questionable, especially when leading from his feet, but he will be good for Euro 2020 penalty shootouts – if dare say it comes to it in the knock-out stages.
Dean Henderson performed well when on loan to Sheffield United and has returned to his own club, Manchester United – and he will be in contention for Manchester United’s number one goalie spot. He is definitely a strong back-up for Pickford. Gareth Southgate has certainly made sure that we have a decent understudy in case of injury.
The reason Sam Johnstone has taken 3rd spot goalie is mainly because of the injury to Nick Pope. He is another player who made it through the Manchester United Academy who has proven himself by his stand-out season playing at the recently relegated WBA.
Kyle Walker – Manchester City
He will be seen as one of the main senior players for Gareth Southgate. He had a great season with Manchester City, showing strength and aggression. Kyle Walker will likely be one of the starters in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the opening game against Croatia.
Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid
Gareth Southgate seems to like Kieran Trippier as he is versatile and can play full-back or wing-back. He may not be a Premier League player, but that means he has plenty of European experience, which could be key. This is one English player that has played abroad, fresh off the back of winning this season’s La Liga title.
Harry Maguire – Manchester United
Harry Maguire of Manchester United will be a first-choice player for Gareth Southgate. However, he does have an ankle ligament problem, which is an issue. He is strong and physical as a defender, and he demonstrates good ball skills. He will be vital to central defence – as long as he stays fit and injury-free.
John Stones – Manchester City
John Stones is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and has played a blinder for Manchester City in central defence this season. There have been a few question marks over some of his gameplay recently, but this is a talented player who can bring his skills to the England Squad to good effect.
Luke Shaw – Manchester United
Luke Shaw was well in line to be the player of the year for Manchester United, and he is seen by many as their best defender – quite a feat for a 25-year-old. At the end of this season, he only has nine England caps since making his debut in 2014 as an 18-year-old. After signing for Manchester United, he did have some injury troubles and career problems and didn’t make the England Squad for Euro 2016 or Russia 2018. However, he may now well be one of the first choices as a left-back or wing-back.
Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
Ben Chilwell will be going against Luke Shaw as Southgate’s number one left-sided player. He offers a good attacking force, he has pace and on-point delivery – and he proved himself when he was subbed on in the FA Cup Final. After this, he earned his place back in Tuchel’s Chelsea side and started for them against Manchester City in the Champions League Final in Porto – and was a key player in the only goal of the match. He has become a favourite of Gareth Southgate after having a good World Cup tournament and seems to be a stronger attacker than Shaw.
Reece James – Chelsea
Reece James is still a youngster at just 21 and has just 6 caps for the England squad but he could well be a contender to start for Gareth Southgate. He is a solid defender who showed skill and strength in the Champions League Final against Raheem Sterling – Manchester City. He has already won the European Championship with the England Under-19 team in 2017 and was chosen by Southgate for the March World Cup 2022 Qualifiers ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa
He may be late to the international scene – making his debut for England at 28 years old – but he has strong leadership qualities. It’s likely he will not be a first-choice player for Gareth Southgate’s England squad but as he is naturally left-footed, he could cause opponents trouble.
Conor Coady – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Despite Wolves’ season, Conor Coady has impressed. Another late bloomer, Conor Coady made his England debut at the age of 27. Again, he will not be a first-choice centre back, but he brings with him plenty of Premier League experience and leadership qualities. The only downside is that Coady can sometimes lack the pace of other players and may struggle against pacier players – but he has spirit and determination.
Ben White – Brighton & Hove Albion
Ben White has yet to prove himself – going into the squad as an uncapped player and not thinking he would make it out of the provisional squad. He played for Leeds in their promotion campaign and had a great season for Brighton & Hove Albion this year. Gareth Southgate claims to have watched Ben White closely and sees him as a versatile player between defence and midfield, which is one of the things Southgate is looking for.
Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund
Jude Bellingham will be the youngest player of a young squad at just 18 years old. He is already a Champions League player and has been a revelation at Borussia Dortmund. Whether Southgate uses Bellingham as a sub or first-choice is yet to be known, but his maturity and skill belie his age and he could well be a future captain of England with his talent and promise.
Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
Jordan Henderson has always been a solid performer for Liverpool and is considered a natural leader on and off the pitch, despite being on the bench for Liverpool’s last game of the season against Crystal Palace. He has suffered injuries so may be a risk, but he brings a wealth of experience that will be useful with a young squad.
Mason Mount – Chelsea
Mason Mount has skills, great feet and can be counted on to make a big difference in any game that he plays, and he has been excellent for Chelsea even for such a young player. At club level, he is superb, and we believe he could replicate this for the country. He may well be a first-choice for Southgate when the players face Croatia.
Kalvin Phillips – Leeds United
This is another player with an injury hanging over him, which is a worry. However, the fact that Gareth Southgate has chosen him shows the faith he has in him as a player. The England medical staff have assessed the shoulder injury he received against West Brom and he has been passed to play. Although he may not be a first-choice player, he’s great as a midfield choice if needed and has impressed Southgate enough to earn 7 caps.
Declan Rice – West Ham
Declan Rice had a great season with West Ham until his injury when playing for England. He did get back to his squad for the final three matches though, which offers us reassurance – having a squad with too many midfielder injuries. He is energetic and has a strong presence which means he may well be a starter.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is seen by many as an understudy for Harry Kane, which is a compliment. He managed to fight off Danny Ings and Patrick Bamford for the honour. He played well for Everton at the start of the season and has already scored for England against Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
Phil Foden – Manchester City
Many have high hopes for Phil Foden, and the delay to the tournament may well have played in his favour. He has excelled in the Manchester City team this season, and is excellent at passing, dribbling and also pretty good at scoring goals. This means Southgate will likely not leave him out of the squad. He can find gaps and change the game, get past his opponents and act cool under pressure.
Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
Another injury worry, Jack Grealish has suffered from a shin injury that has had an impact on his season at Aston Villa. However, Grealish is a huge talent and he is wanted by Southgate on the England squad for Euro 2020. The England Manager hasn’t always been his biggest fan but he impressed with a fine performance against Belgium in November.
Harry Kane – Tottenham
Harry Kane – as this season’s top Premier League goalscorer, with the top number of PL assists, and even the top goalscorer accolade in the 2018 World Cup – is an obvious choice for Southgate. However, we need Harry Kane to be on form and to lead these younger players by example. Injury-free and on form, he can make a big impact. He will want to be seen as the star of the tournament.
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
Marcus Rashford brings with him pace – and he is a real goal threat, especially from out wide. He has plenty of international experience and will be looking to make his mark in this tournament, despite his form of late being questionable. He played in Russia 2018 and brings a lot to the table if on top form.
He was injured for the England games in March and since then, his league form has been questionable. However, he is used to the big occasion and despite being 24 has over 40 caps. He will probably be a starter for Southgate but he will also be aware that Southgate will have a number of other options available.
Bukayo Saka – Arsenal
Arsenal may not have performed but Bukayo Saka has – and he offers versatility – being able to cover a number of positions including wing-back and full-back. He has been a star for his team this season and has outperformed many of the club’s bigger (and better paid) players. He is a skilled crosser and will trouble defenders at Euro 2020. Saka has got 4 England caps to date, despite missing the March games through injury but came back after to start in the Arsenal side in some pretty big games.
Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho has already played four seasons in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund – and is a big future hope for English football. He is no longer the youngest player in the squad and has built up even more experience. He works magic with his feet and is dangerous when going against a defender one-on-one.
Although he was a little too young for the Russia 2018 England squad, the strong season he’s had has shown him to be a good choice to take his place amongst some excellent strikers on the team. There are rumours he may well come back over to the Premier League for next season and he will look to prove himself to scouts and managers in this tournament.