IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.
No, not Christmas. England squad power rankings day!
With six months to go (pandemic permitting etc etc) competition for places in Gareth Southgate’s squad is hotting up.
Here are the form 23 England stars for the summer’s squad if picked today, ranked by how secure their seat on the plane to wherever the tournament ends up taking place.
December hasn’t been especially kind to Dean Henderson.
England’s number three has played just twice and made a howler against his old club Sheffield United.
He needs regular game time with Sam Johnstone in decent form. No keeper has made more saves than the West Brom man (62) and Big Sam has just arrived…
A little premature perhaps but how many English midfielders are playing with more confidence right now than Curtis Jones?
The 19-year-old Scouser was described as a cross between Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana by Danny Murphy. It’s high, high praise. Too high probably but he’s good nonetheless.
England’s largest defender (probably) is having a great season.
Only City have conceded fewer Premier League goals than Villa’s 13, while Mings has also popped up with two goals so far in 2020/21.
He’s a non-mover from last month.
Just about the only positive thing about Arsenal right now is Bukayo Saka.
The fact that he can feature in multiple positions bodes well for him plane-wise, though Hoffenheim’s Ryan Sessegnon is also impressing in similar roles, as is Leicester’s James Justin…
One month on, Burnley are still in trouble but Pope is still good.
It’ll take some papal infallibility to get the number one jersey off Jordan Pickford but he’s going to the Euros.
Look who’s back!
He’s not played for England since 2019 but John Stones is back with a vengeance, proving all it takes for a player to sort out their form is a transfer link with Arsenal.
The former Everton man has been part of a near-impenetrable City backline of late, even keeping not-quite-world-class Aymeric Laporte out of the team.
Danny Ings! DINGS! DINGSY!
He’s back and as good as ever.
Get him, Che Adams and Theo Walcott on that plane! What’s that? There’s not enough space, you say? OK, well just Ings then.
England have too many right backs, that much we know.
Reece James has been the best of them so far this season, however.
Fasten your seat belt.
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