Looking ahead to the Three Lions’ upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, Gareth Southgate will be looking to maintain the undefeated run.
However, after the most recent 5-3 win over Kosovo, England have been proven as formidable but by no means unassailable. As such, Southgate has brought in two crucial wildcard options to the squad; Chelsea starlets Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori. Whether the dynamic duo will receive their first caps remains to be seen – though both remain highly promising options.
Regardless, the England squad will no doubt be filled with unbridled zeal, as they look to demonstrate their renewed prowess in European international football. The squad is riding the crest of a wave, sitting at the top of their group, and there is little reason that their current momentum will not continue.
Without further ado, here is how we think Southgate could line his side up against the Czech Republic!
GK: Jordan Pickford
Despite Everton’s poor form and some notable individual errors across recent seasons, Southgate has placed his trust in Pickford.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold
The Liverpool starlet has quickly established himself as one of the most skilled right-backs across Europe and looks certain to start.
CB: Harry Maguire
Maguire has long been a core member of Southgate’s plans. The Manchester United man will surely start.
CB: Michael Keane
Keane has been a regular under Southgate in recent months and could be handed the chance to build his relationship with Maguire further against the Czech Republic.
LB: Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell is slowly beginning to make the left-back posiiton his own on the national stage, and we think he’ll be given the nod by Southgate.
CM: Declan Rice
Rice has exploded onto the national scene as a reliable, defensive-minded midfielder for the Three Lions. He’s been in good form, and now frequently starts for England – this match will be no exception.
CM: Ross Barkley
In the absence of James Maddison through his illness-related withdrawal, Southgate has long favoured the Chelsea midfielder. The England boss is a big fan of the former Everton man, who could earn another start.
CAM: Mason Mount
A slight wildcard here. Southgate’s recent substitutions have indicated a preference for the in-form Mount, who recently scored against Southampton. There’s a good chance he may be rewarded with his first England start.
LW: Raheem Sterling
Sterling is perhaps England’s most consistent performer this season, providing three assists and a goal against Kosovo back in September. He offers lightning pace, outstanding finishing ability and a high work rate, becoming a crucial figure in Southgate’s plans.
ST: Harry Kane
Kane is always favoured for his leadership and finishing ability – with both attributes highlighted in Spurs’ recent run of fixtures. Given Marcus Rashford’s poor form, it’s hard to see the skipper left out of the starting XI.
RW: Jadon Sancho
The English star has retained his momentum for Dortmund from last season and finds himself racking up the goals and assists. He could provide crucial dynamism.