Manager Euro 2021 Gareth Southgate wrote an open letter to England’s fans telling them to look out for each other during the current pandemic. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
The Euro 2021 is now scheduled to take place next summer. So who will be in the England spotlight when sport resumes? We take a look at some of the players with the most to lose and gain over the next 15 months in terms of earning a starting slot in Gareth Southgate’s team.
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
The 26-year-old Everton keeper has been Southgate’s long-time first choice, enhancing his reputation when England reached the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
Pickford, however, has had a mixed season at Everton and was coming under increasing scrutiny with high-profile errors against Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Goodison Park, the latter seen by Southgate. Although he also made outstanding saves to make amends in both games.
Southgate is loyal but not endlessly and, when the game finally returns, Pickford must deliver more consistently and cut out the errors if he is to fight off the competition. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
In his defence, Pickford can rightly state he has never let England down in his 24 appearances, which include nine clean sheets, a 75% save ratio and, according to OPTA stats, no direct errors leading to goals.
Pickford’s ability with the ball at his feet is a big selling point with Southgate, averaging 28.55 passes per game at an accuracy of 71.51%. He now has an extra 12 months to cement his place or lose it. But he at least has an excellent record under Southgate to support his claims.
John Stones (Manchester City)
The great hope, first at Everton then at Manchester City, has lost his way after becoming a key component in Southgate’s plans. While even Pep Guardiola appears to have diminishing faith in the 25-year-old.
Stones have been dogged by injury and poor form which means he has only made a total of 36 Premier League starts since that World Cup in Russia. Which included an error-strewn performance for England against the Netherlands in the Uefa Nations League semi-final in Portugal?
If Stones is not quite approaching the now or never stage of his career for club and country. Then he certainly must start fulfilling all the wonderful potential he showed as a teenager at Everton before his £47.5m move to Etihad Stadium in summer 2016.
Stones have all the attributes of the modern defender with pace, superb ability on the ball and strength in the air but is too often a mistake waiting to happen. He must improve or he will be on the outside looking in when the Euros eventually take place.
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