Aidy Boothroyd and his England Under-21 side endured a disappointing summer at the European Championships, with the Three Lions crashing out at the group stages. They failed to win any of their three fixtures against France, Romania and Croatia, despite having a squad filled with Premier League talent. The manager has now named a 23-man squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Turkey and Kosovo, so we’ve decided to take a look at 10 players from the squad who could well force their way into Gareth Southgate’s senior side for Euro 2020 with a series of impressive displays.
Norwich star Godfrey has risen through the ranks at Carrow Road over the past 12 months and played a key role in the Canaries’ Championship title-winning campaign last year. Comfortable on the ball, he could stake a claim to Southgate with an impressive season in the Premier League.
Nelson caught the eye in Germany on a season-long loan with Hoffenheim last year. The 19-year-old has been in and out of the Arsenal side, and if he can nail down a spot in Unai Emery’s line-up, he could be another in contention for a senior spot next year.
It’s only a matter of time until Foden receives a senior call-up from Southgate. The Manchester City midfielder could make the cut for Euro 2020 with another solid season under Pep Guardiola.
All-action midfielder Willock has surged through the ranks at Arsenal and is beginning to establish himself as a regular under Unai Emery. If he can consistently perform for the Gunners, Southgate will surely consider the teenager next summer.
Wolves’ midfield sensation Gibbs-White has been tipped as a future England star by many. If he can produce a series of consistent performances this season, Southgate may find it hard to ignore the ball-playing teenager.
Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all battling to be Southgate’s first-choice right-back. However, Norwich star Aarons is quietly going about his business and could be another full-back the England boss considers next summer.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of midfielder Skipp, and the Argentine hasn’t been afraid to throw the youngster into big domestic games. If he can cement his place in Boothroyd’s squad and impress for Spurs across the campaign, he could make Southgate think over a possible senior inclusion.
Greenwood has been tipped to become a future star at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handing the 17-year-old regular first-team opportunities. Compared to current Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford, Greenwood could be in contention for a senior inclusion if he can really catch the eye over the next nine months.
Bournemouth shot-stopper Ramsdale has begun the campaign as Eddie Howe’s first-choice goalkeeper. If the 21-year-old can keep hold of his Cherries starting spot and consistently perform over the next nine months, he could be one of Southgate’s three ‘keepers for Euro 2020.
Technically brilliant, Burnley winger McNeil enjoyed a promising first full season in the Premier League last year. If he can continue his excellent form over the next nine months, Southgate may well decide to hand the teenager a chance on the biggest stage.