England manager Gareth Southgate has named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria and there are a few surprising omissions. A lot is made about England’s supposed lack of depth, but there are a few players who will not be flying out with the squad who will still have hopes of playing at Euro 2020. We’ve taken a look at the players who aren’t in the current squad we will be looking for improved performances at club level in order to be at the Euros.
Dele Alli has been a key member of England’s squad for a number of years but after a run of injuries and poor form, Southgate left him out. He’ll be desperate to prove his worth by playing well for Spurs in the coming months.
As it happens, even had he been picked, Jesse Lingard may have had to withdraw after picking up an injury in the Europa League. Even so, Lingard needs to improve at club level if he wants to be involved in the summer.
Kyle Walker has been left out of a second straight squad, which is a worry for him. England have plenty of right-back options and unless Walker does better for Man City, he’s in real danger of being left at home for the E
According to Southgate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s omission was mainly due to his lack of game time for Liverpool. The midfielder is still working his way back from a serious injury and he’ll be looking to get regular minutes for the European champions so he has a chance to play in the summer
Like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Callum Hudson-Odoi is also working his way back from a knee injury. When fit, not only was he in the England squad, he was in the starting line up so a good second half of his season should see him make Southgate’s final roster for the Euros.
Injuries have kept Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of this squad. With competition fierce at right-back, he’ll be keen to get back fit to prove his worth to Southgate.
Some observers believe that Manchester City’s Phil Foden is England’s most talented midfielder but with the youngster hardly getting a kick for City, Southgate has been unable to select him. Foden will be desperate to start getting regular game time at the Etihad soon.
Quietly, Aaron Ramsdale is having a very good season in goal for Bournemouth and he could be in contention for one of the three goalkeeper spots in the summer.
England have plenty of options at centre-back but James Tarkowski will still feel aggrieved to have missed out on selection. He’ll look to put in more performances for Burnley in an attempt to catch Southgate’s eye again.
Norwich’s Todd Cantwell has enjoyed a good start to life as a Premier League player. If he continues his good form, he could force himself into Southgate’s plans.
Aaron Cresswell has recently returned from injury and has been in good form for West Ham. Ben Chilwell looks set to be first-choice at left-back for England but Cresswell will feel that he has plenty to offer too.
Danny Ings is back fit and back scoring goals for Southampton. It’s tough to argue that Southgate should leave any of his current forward players out, but Ings could make himself the first-reserve option if he continues to score for the Saints/
Jack Grealish is another who has been in good form after promotion. Competition for places in midfield is plentiful, but the Aston Villa skipper will be doing all he can to get in the mix.
Picking squads isn’t always about picking the best players but picking the best balance and Matthew Lowton would provide a versatile option to Southgate as he can play in both full-back positions and centrally. He’s been in good form for Burnley but he remains a real outsider in terms of getting a call-up.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has established himself as Everton’s number nine. Again, there are no obvious places in the squad for a forward, such is the depth Southgate has, but an injury or two could change that and Calvert-Lewin will be hoping to push himself into contention between now and the summer.