How England could line-up at Euro 2021 as new generation stake their claim


We were supposed to be in the middle of a wonderful summer of sport where we hoped the crowning glory would be England winning Euro 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic quickly put a stop to that forcing most sporting events across the globe to either be cancelled or postponed.

Gareth Southgate will have some tough decisions to make ahead of next summer’s tournament

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Gareth Southgate will have some tough decisions to make ahead of next summer’s tournament

Euro 2020 has been pushed back by 12 months to 2021 due to the need for domestic seasons to be completed.

So we now have to wait another year for Gareth Southgate’s side to take the tournament by storm.

It could even help the England squad. It gives some of the incredibly talented youngsters the chance to stake a claim for a place in the team.

Even since the Premier League restarted last month, Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden have all shown off their talent.

If the Euros were this summer, they might not have even been picked at all.

Laura Woods in conversation with Gareth Southgate

Here at talkSPORT.com, we have take a look at how England could line-up for Euro 2021.

Goalkeeper – Dean Henderson

Jordan Pickford has been the current No.1 for England and done a pretty decent job between the sticks.

His form for Everton has been shaky at times, though, and there are safer options.

Henderson has been brilliant for Sheffield United on loan and could rival David De Gea at Manchester United next season.

Nick Pope at Burnley has also done an excellent job and is also in the running for the starting spot.

England are blessed with some excellent goalkeepers at the moment.

Backups: Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford

Henderson has had a brilliant season at Sheffield United

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Henderson has had a brilliant season at Sheffield United

Right-back – Trent Alexander-Arnold

No questions here about who is England’s best right-back. Alexander-Arnold is the best in the position in the Premier League and is arguably one of the top players in the world at the moment.

The 21-year-old has 24 Premier League assists over the last two seasons and his range of passing is something special.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Manchester United has had a brilliant season for the Red Devils and will be a more than capable deputy.

Backup: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Keiran Trippier, Reece James

Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best right-backs in the world, nevermind England

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best right-backs in the world, nevermind England

Left-back – Ben Chilwell

He’s been excellent for Leicester and one of the best, if not the best, left-back in the Premier League.

And at 23, he still has plenty of time to get better.

Chilwell would have been a shoo-in for the position with England until the rise of Bukayo Saka at Arsenal.

The 18-year-old has been superb for the Gunners at left-back, left midfield and even on the right of a front three.

Chilwell has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League in recent seasons

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Chilwell has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League…



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