As Euro 2021 becomes the latest sporting event to fall into the coronavirus spotlight, with reports suggesting it will be postponed by a year, the news may not be terrible for Gareth Southgate and England. England Vs Croatia Tickets can be grabbed from our global event ticket sales market.
Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden, fresh from helping Manchester City reached the FA Youth Cup final, are being heralded as generational talents after guiding England to the Under-17 World Cup.
That is where their paths diverge. While Sancho was recalled early from that tournament in India to start a new life at Borussia Dortmund, going on to become Europe’s most in-demand winger after three sensational seasons, Foden has chalked up the minutes as an occasional substitute for City.
That could be about to change. With David Silva’s contract at the Etihad expiring in June, a vacancy has appeared in midfield.
Surely that would pave the way for Foden to have a regular role in Pep Guardiola’s side, given his manager’s proclivity for hyping up the 19-year-old’s talents. Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets from our global event ticket sales market.
Any move into the City starting XI would make an England senior cap inevitable and end the most unnecessary of waiting games.
But back to Sancho. While his progression at Dortmund has been staggering, he has so far been good, but not great, in his 11 senior caps for England.
The teenager would benefit hugely from another season of club and England duty although what the pre-Euro 2021 international schedule looks like is obviously unclear before being unleashed in a major tournament.
Oddly, the same could be said for Trent Alexander-Arnold. Unstoppable for the club; underwhelming for the country. Likewise, Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and, to a lesser extent, Mason Greenwood have stepped up this season for their clubs. But can we say for definite they are ready for England duty?
If the coronavirus had not ripped through the sporting calendar, Southgate would still have had few opportunities to shuffle his goalkeeper deck ahead of Euro 2021.
Could he really have turned away from Jordan Pickford, as he did Joe Hart? Sure, he is made a handful of huge errors for Everton, but he has proven largely dependable for England in the past, particularly in penalty shootouts. It’s not time to panic yet.
But an extra 12 months would shield Southgate from making a rash decision and give him time to also consider Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson and Burnley’s Nick Pope.
Every England fan has the same nightmare: Harry Kane rushing back from injury for Euro 2020, saying he is fine and then hobbling around not doing anything.
Kane, a definite starter if available, needs to be able to rehabilitate without the pressure from his country and an increasingly irate Jose Mourinho. He now has that opportunity.
A one-season postponement will also give Marcus Rashford and Callum Hudson-Odoi, the latter instrumental in his fleeting England appearances last season – time to recover for England duty.
Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another player with a decent claim for a starting spot, would have another season to regain the sharpness lost from his horror knee injury in 2018.
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