England Euro 2020 Squad Announcement: Who Made the Cut?
England’s long wait for an international trophy continues, but their hopes will be high heading into Euro 2020. After reaching the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup, the Three Lions will be looking to build on their progress and go all the way this time around.
Gareth Southgate named his squad for the tournament earlier this week, with plenty of familiar names included.
There were few surprises in the goalkeeping department, with Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, and Sam Johnstone all making the cut.
Pickford was a standout performer at the 2018 World Cup, and his experience at international level is likely to give him the edge over the other two.
The heart of England’s defense is likely to consist of Harry Maguire, John Stones, and Tyrone Mings.
Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, who can both operate as full-backs, have also been included in the squad. Walker’s versatility should come in handy, while Trippier’s set-piece ability could prove invaluable.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was a surprise omission, with Reece James, Luke Shaw, and Ben Chilwell making up the rest of the defensive options.
England’s midfield is packed with options, with Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, and Kalvin Phillips expected to compete for a starting spot in the deeper role.
Jude Bellingham, who impressed in his debut season for Borussia Dortmund, has also been included in the squad. His energy and tenacity could prove useful off the bench.
Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, and Bukayo Saka provide plenty of creativity in midfield, with Mount likely to be the first choice in the attacking midfield role.
The spotlight will be on England’s forwards, who will be hoping to provide the goals that lead the team to glory.
Harry Kane is the obvious choice up front, but he will have competition from Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, and Jadon Sancho.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who enjoyed a breakout season with Everton, is another option for Southgate.
Overall, Southgate has assembled a strong squad that is capable of challenging for the trophy.
There are some notable omissions, such as Alexander-Arnold and Jesse Lingard, but the depth of talent available to Southgate means that he had to make some tough decisions.
With the tournament set to kick off on June 11th, the countdown to England’s first game against Croatia is well and truly underway.
Only time will tell if this squad has what it takes to end England’s long wait for a major international trophy.