While the FA works out whether England will play their scheduled friendlies against Italy and Denmark later this month, or in the continent-wide Euro 2021 in the summer, Gareth Southgate faces a few big decisions of his own. England Vs Croatia Tickets can be grabbed from our global event ticket sales market.
The England manager is sweating on the fitness of forwards Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, but he has no such concerns when it comes to attacking midfielders.
Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard started for England in the World Cup semi-final in 2018, but Alli is clinging on to his place in the squad and Lingard will almost certainly miss out. Southgate is facing a conundrum: who should come into the squad and who should start in that slot behind the forwards?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not the first choice at the club level but Southgate is a big admirer, particularly in light of the tactical versatility that he offers to the side.
The 26-year-old, who has missed the previous three major tournaments through injury, should pick up enough minutes before the end of the season to make the cut. Rating in the league this season.
Ross Barkley, Chelsea
Ross Barkley is hitting form at just the right time and is another Southgate favorite. He made six appearances in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and had a hand in seven goals, scoring four and setting up three more. Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets from our global event ticket sales market.
His braces in Bulgaria and Montenegro meant that Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling were the only England players who scored more often in qualifying. Barkley has also been excellent for Chelsea recently.
He has scored two goals and set up four more in his last seven domestic starts. His experience at the international level will likely earn him a place in the squad.
James Maddison, Leicester City
James Maddison made his England debut in November when he came on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a 7–0 win over Montenegro in qualifying.
At the time, he was a frontrunner for the playmaker role in the team but his form has dipped badly in the last few months. He has not scored or set up a goal in his last 11 matches in all competitions for Leicester.
Nevertheless, his creativity and ability over a dead ball will stand him in good stead. No Englishman has more key passes in the Premier League this season.
Jack Grealish, Aston Villa
Jack Grealish offers something different to the rest of the players on this list, but he has still not won an England cap. He has not even been called into a squad before, with Southgate seemingly unsure where the Villa captain would fit into the side.
His form has been impressive this season, scoring seven goals and laying on six assists for a team in the relegation zone. Only Kevin De Bruyne has created more chances from open play in the Premier League.
Grealish carries the ball exceptionally well and draws more fouls than you can count in most matches but, given Southgate’s previous reticence, the 24-year-old remains an outside bet.
Mason Mount, Chelsea
Mason Mount finally ended his three-month, 18-game wait for a goal at the weekend when he opened the scoring for Chelsea in their 4-0 thrashing of Everton.
His return to the scoresheet could be vital. Mount does not have Maddison’s creativity or Grealish’s dribbling ability but instead relies on his intelligent movement to pick up goal-scoring positions.
At 21, his potential is superb, but he needs to finish the season as strongly as he started it to make the squad. One thing for sure is that Chelsea’s match against Villa this weekend will be huge for the hopefuls involved.
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