England's squad for the Euro 2020
Gareth Southgate had announced a huge provisional squad consisting of 33 players ahead of Euro 2020, but the squad has since been reduced to the final number of 26. From the selection, England look solid in every area, which is going to make choosing the starting 11 a bit of a head scratcher for Southgate, but for the Euro 2020 that's the kind of problem you'd probably like to have as team manager. In any case, being that England is one of the top favourites to take the title and we think a lot of people will be betting on them to do so, we'll take a bit closer look at the final squad which was recently presented.
Goalkeepers: Pickford or Henderson
Jordan Pickford - Southgate has made it clear that Pickford is his favourite. The Everton keeper has made 31 appearances in the Premier League this season, keeping 10 clean sheets with 33% penalties saved.
Dean Henderson - Manchester United’s shot stopper made 26 appearances for the club in all competition. Unsure of how much match time Gareth Southgate will give the 24 year old, but is a great goalkeeper nonetheless.
Sam Johnstone - A great replacement for Nick Pope who got plenty of match practice in the 2020/2021 season as West Brom’s main goalkeeper. He’s kept six clean sheets in the season from 37 appearances.
Defenders: Fikayo Tomori Overlooked
Tomori made the brave move to head over tio AC Milan on loan which has proved to be fruitful for both the Rossoneri and for the centre back himself. The Canadian-born defender made 17 appearances after his move from Chelsea and has been monumental at the back for Italian giants. The provisional squad includes 12 defenders.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - One of the best right-backs in the Premier League and has had a magnificent season at Liverpool. No surprises here and we expect him to be part of the starting 11.
Update: Unfortunately Alexander-Arnold was injured just prior to the Euro 2020 starting and could not be included in the squad. This was of course a big blow for the hopeful English side, Alexander-Arnold is one of the best right backs in the world and was an integral part of how England executes their play.
Ben Chilwell - Chelsea’s left back also had a great season this year and was expected to make the squad.
Conor Coady - Probably made the squad due to Southgate’s possible formation consisting of three defenders. Codey plays a vital role in a similar formation for Wolves.
Reece James - No surprises with James making the squad. The right back has been incredible for Chelsea and definitely deserves to make the final cut.
Harry Maguire - Another no-brainer for Gareth Southgate. Unfortunately, Maguire suffered an ankle ligament injury and missed the Europa League final for Manchester United. Missing out on the Euro’s will be a massive blow for Southgate and all England fans are hoping he recovers in time.
Tyrone Mings - Aston Villa’s centre-back was a surprise to many England fans. Many are unsure he’ll make the final squad, but the 28 year old has made 36 appearances, has two assists and found the net twice this season.
Luke Shaw - Manchester United’s left-back was never going to miss out on the Euro’s. He’s got a place in the starting 11 too.
John Stones - Another easy pick for Southgate. City’s centre-back has proved himself and is also expected to have lots of match time in the Euro’s.
Kieran Trippier - Atletico Madrid’s right back comes as no surprise to anyone.
Kyle Walker - The 31 year old right-back has plenty of experience and will be ready to step in if needed.
Midfield: Who’s on the Bus?
With seven midfield players provisionally chosen and with injuries plaguing the squad, Southgate will need to make some tough decisions when reducing the midfield squad. James Maddison, Harry Winks and Joe Willock all missed out on Southgate’s picks, but his selection was well received by football fans.
Jude Bellingham - The Borussia Dortmund star is a contender to start in all England matches. An easy pick for Southgate.
Jordan Henderson - The Liverpool midfielder hasn’t played any football since February and might even miss the tournament friendlies due to injury. Missing out will be a massive blow for England, but only time will tell if he’ll recover in time.
Mason Mount - An easy pick for Southgate. Whether playing in a central or an attacking midfield position, the Chelsea man will have an influence wherever he plays.
Kalvin Phillips - The Leeds star is battling a shoulder injury and even though it’s looking hopeful, missing out on the Euro’s will be a huge blow for England. He’s had a tremendous season and it would be cruel to miss out right at the end.
Declan Rice - Another versatile player who can also play as a centre-back as well as defensive midfield.
Forwards for Euro 2020: A Great Selection
Gareth Southgate has a huge selection of forwards to choose from, all of whom had tantalizing seasons for their respective clubs, but some of the names who were overlooked include Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford, Danny Ings and even Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham. The following are the provisional forwards chosen by Southgate ahead of Euro 2020.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - The Everton striker found the net 16 times this season and is an obvious choice for Southgate. Definitely has his place in the provisional England squad.
Phil Foden - A no-brainer for Southgate. Strong player all around with nine goals and five assists in 28 appearances for City.
Jack Grealish - Originally a left winger, the 25 year old scored six goals this season and 12 assists from 26 appearances for Aston Villa.
Harry Kane - No doubt he’ll be the main forward in the starting 11 and one of the favourites to win the golden boot.
Marcus Rashford - Rashford made 37 appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils, with 11 goals and assists to his name. Football fans are expecting him to start in every match.
Bukayo Saka - The Arsenal striker is well worth being included in the provisional squad, however, five goals from 32 appearances is not the most impressive record.
Jadon Sancho - Sancho was involved in 20 goals from the 26 appearances he made for Borussia Dortmund this season, finding the net on eight occasions. Well deserved to be in the final squad and his performance this season is a clear indication of the creative flair England will need to display offensive prowess.
Betting on England for the Euro 2020
There’s no doubt that the England squad is a solid one. There’s always going to be debate as to whether who should have made the cut, but Gareth Southgate is the man for that. The preliminary friendlies ahead of the Euro 2020’s will be a great display of Southgate’s choices and we expect him to heavily rotate players to explore all his options throughout.
England is in a pool alongside Croatia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic. There is great physicality and speed in the England squad and also a good amount of skill, combine these and you have a definite Euro 2020 contender. We're quite looking forward to watching the team perform this year.
All of our top recommended sportsbooks have markets on England to win, make it to the final, semi final and much much more. Currently England sits at around 11/2 odds and they're definitely a good bet to be the final team standing. Due to the nature of a one game winner take all tournaments, we're backing our winner bet up with an even amount for England to finish in the top 4.
England - Croatia
We put a tenner on England to win, just as I think we'll be doing for every match in the group stage. So far we're up £5.5 betting on England using our Best Odds and Bet Predictor thanks to the one goal from Raheem Sterling.
We're quite positive about their chances before heading into the last two remaining matches vs Scotland and Czech Republic as well, but if Harry Kane wants to get involved in the Golden Boot race, he'll need to start converting chances in the next matches. Romelo Lukaku is already on the board with 2 goals and Ciro Immobile, an outsider for he title, put in one as well in the opening match of the tournament.
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