Gareth Southgate recently named a 25-man squad for the upcoming European Qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo. Plenty of stars will be looking to cement their places in Southgate’s starting line up, with the Three Lions expected to ease into Euro 2020 next summer. So with England set to challenge at a major tournament once again next year, we’ve decided to predict the 23-man squad Southgate will select for the Championships across Europe.
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford has been Gareth Southgate’s first-choice shot-stopper for some time now, and we think he’ll be in the sticks next summer.
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope
Burnley’s Nick Pope has returned to the Clarets side this season after injury troubles over the past 12 months. If he can stay fit and consistently perform, we can’t see Gareth Southgate leaving him out.
Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton
We think Tom Heaton, with an impressive season at Aston Villa, will edge out Dean Henderson for the final goalkeeper spot.
Defender: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Aaron Wan-Bissaka recently pulled out of the squad for the upcoming qualifiers due to a back problem. However, we expect the Manchester United man to be named in the squad for his first major tournament next summer.
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was the surprise inclusion in the 2018 World Cup squad. Since then, the right-back has continued his impressive form and looks certain to make the squad next summer.
Defender: Kyle Walker
Even though he was left out of the recent squad, we can’t see Kyle Walker missing Euro 2020. He’ll provide versatility at right-back and at centre-back if Gareth Southgate opts for a back five.
Defender: Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire played a big role in England’s World Cup campaign last year, and following his big-money move to Manchester United, we can’t see him missing the 23-man cut.
Defender: Tyrone Mings
Tyrone Mings could well make his first Three Lions appearance over the next five days. If he continues his remarkable form for Aston Villa, he could be a surprise inclusion in the final 23.
Defender: Michael Keane
Gareth Southagte appears to be a big fan of Everton’s Michael Keane. He could get the nod with another solid season for the Toffees.
Defender: Ben Chilwell
At left-back, Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell looks the first-choice. He’s enjoyed a phenomenal few years with the Foxes and is in line to represent the Three Lions at a maiden major tournament.
Defender: Danny Rose
We think Tottenham’s Danny Rose will get the call over Manchester United’s Luke Shaw to challenge Chilwell. He’ll bring plenty of international experience to the side.
Midfielder: Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson will more than likely be the anchor of Gareth Southgate’s midfield next summer. The Liverpool captain’s leadership and experience could be crucial in a young England side.
Midfielder: Declan Rice
Another holding midfielder, Declan Rice could be another who gets the chance to shine at a maiden major tournament. The West Ham man has excelled over the past 18 months and recently switched allegiances from Ireland to England.
Midfielder: Harry Winks
Harry Winks has plenty of admirers, one of which appears to be Gareth Southgate. Tottenham’s ball-playing midfielder could have a key role to play in the Three Lions’ campaign next summer.
Midfielder: James Maddison
James Maddison finally received a first senior England call up recently, and the Leicester City star will more than likely get the chance to shine next summer if he can continue his impressive domestic form over the next eight months.
Midfielder: Dele Alli
Dele Alli was left out of the squad for the fixtures against Bulgaria and Kosovo as he continues his comeback from a hamstring problem. If the 23-year-old can get a run of games in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, we think he’ll make the squad next summer.
Midfielder: Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley has started to find some form for Chelsea over the past six months. Gareth Southgate is also a big fan of the attacking midfielder, so if he continues his solid displays throughout the season, we think he’ll get the nod.
Forward: Harry Kane
England captain Harry Kane is an obvious inclusion. He’ll lead the attack and will look to continue on his World Cup Golden Boot accolade.
Forward: Marcus Rashford
We think Marcus Rashford will also be an option to Gareth Southgate going forward. The Manchester United star will get regular opportunities to lead the line for his club following the departure of Romelu Lukaku, a factor which could be important for the Three Lions next summer.
Forward: Raheem Sterling
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is quickly becoming one of Gareth Southgate’s go-to men. The 24-year-old will definitely be in the squad for his fourth major tournament, providing he doesn’t suffer any injury scares prior to next summer.
Forward: Callum Hudson-Odoi
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi started to break into the England side prior to his serious injury towards the end of last season. If he can get back to his best under Frank Lampard when he returns, he may well leave Gareth Southgate’s no choice but to include him in the squad.
Forward: Jadon Sancho
Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho has burst onto the scene in the Bundesliga over the past 18 months, which has resulted in the wide man becoming a regular in Gareth Southgate’s squad. He looks certain to make the final squad.
Forward: Tammy Abraham
Recent reports have suggested that Tammy Abraham could switch allegiances to Nigeria. However, we think he’ll get a chance from Gareth Southgate before next summer’s European Championships, and if he can continue his fine form for Chelsea, will be the final man to make the 23.