England took on the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in two European Championship qualifiers during the international break. Gareth Southgate’s side suffered their first defeat in the qualification stage for 10 years but bounced back from the surprise loss in Prague with a 6-0 demolition against Bulgaria. The Three Lions squad will now head back to their respective clubs, with the next international break scheduled for the middle of November. During that time, players from the recent squad and stars who were left out will be looking to make an impact. We’ve pinpointed 15 players who will be looking to impress between now and then.
The Chelsea striker earnt a deserved call-up to the squad, however, he only managed a brief cameo appearance from the bench against the Czech Republic. He’ll be looking to continue his impressive club form, which will strengthen his case for a potential Euro 2020 spot.
Trippier was handed the right-back role in front of Trent Alexander-Arnold in both qualifiers recently, which left many fans surprised. The Atletico Madrid man will need to carry on his impressive form for his club if he is to continue to keep the Liverpool youngster on the bench.
A right-back who has been absent from both squads this season is Walker. The Manchester City man’s exclusion has come as a shock, and he’ll have to star under Pep Guardiola if he is to have any chance of breaking back into the 23.
Alli has struggled with injuries this year, and as a result, has found it difficult to impress Southgate. Now seemingly fully fit, the midfielder will be looking to catch the eye over the next month in a bid to earn back his national spot.
Another who has struggled with various knocks is Lingard. The Manchester United man was a key member of England’s World Cup and Nations League sides, and if he can produce a series of consistent displays, he could earn a recall next month.
Mings was solid on his debut against Bulgaria on Monday, and with Michael Keane coming in for some recent criticism, the Aston Villa man could really make a national starting spot his own with another solid stint at club level.
Another defender who will be looking to stake his claim as Harry Maguire’s partner at the back will be Chelsea’s Tomori. The 21-year-old was on the bench in the recent qualifiers, but if he can continue his imperious form at club level, he’ll leave Southgate with no choice but to hand him a chance for his country.
Liverpool’s Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to make a midfield spot his own since returning from injury, which resulted in his absence from the latest squad. The 26-year-old will be desperate for more minutes over the coming weeks in his bid to break back into Southgate’s plans.
Maddison has been one of the Premier League’s top performers this season but unfortunately had to withdraw from the recent qualifiers through illness. The 22-year-old will be looking to pick up where he left off with Leicester, and if he does so, he’ll more than likely be a certain inclusion in the squad next month.
Southgate has plenty of talented wide options, so the returning Hudson-Odoi will need to really excel if he is to earn his place back in the squad. The Chelsea youngster netted twice for the Under-21s during the international break and will be looking to cement his place in the Blues side ahead of a senior return.
Rice struggled in the defeat to the Czech Republic and was dropped days later against Bulgaria. The West Ham midfielder will now need to pick himself up and star for the Hammers if he is to cement his place in the squad.
If Rice struggles, that could open the door for Delph to make a surprise return. The 29-year-old was a regular for Everton prior to the international break, and some solid displays in front of the back four in the coming weeks could tempt Southgate into recalling the no-nonsense midfielder.
Rashford is one of the more experienced members of the England squad, despite being just 21 years of age. However, he’s struggled with Manchester United, and more disappointing displays could see him axed from Southgate’s plans.
Winks quietly went about his business in the 6-0 win over Bulgaria, If he can help Tottenham turn things around over the coming weeks, he could really establish himself in Southgate’s starting line up.
After starting with a striker, it’s only fitting to finish with one. Wilson has been a regular around the Three Lions squad over the last 10 months but has failed to really break into Southgate’s starting line up due to captain Harry Kane. Both forwards have five Premier League strikes to their names from eight appearances, so if Wilson can take the outright lead in the England goalscoring ranks, then Southgate could decide to give him a shot against Montenegro and Kosovo next month.