Given Roy’s revelations that he’s considering taking Man Utd’s man of the moment Marcus Rashford and Arsenal’s answer to Darren Anderton (Jack Wilshere) to Euro 2016, we felt compelled to give our view on the imminent announcement of the final England 23.
It’s only a few weeks away, thousands of fans from all over Europe will descend on France in the hope of seeing their nations perform and do the best they can.
In other cases the expectation is slightly higher. They are looking for a prolonged campaign culminating in appearances in a semi-final or even the final itself. One of these nations will be England.
The media and many fans claim to have “the best league in the world” so the time has come for the national team to start backing up that claim and prove they have what it takes to perform in more than quality-lacking qualifying groups. This is a chance for Roy Hogdson to put together the best squad any England manager has had at his disposal for decades.
So we are going to take a look and suggest (based on current form and Injuries aside) who the three lions should be taking across the channel :-
Goalkeepers x 3
J Hart – F Foster – J Butland
- These 3 are all capable of being England’s No1 at any given point
- Yes Hart will start but not a position for England to worry about
Defenders x 8
C Smalling – G Cahill – J Stones – P Jagielka – D Rose – A Cresswell – K Walker – N Clyne
- 2 right backs, 2 left backs and 4 centre halves
- A good mix of youth , experience and versatility
- Full backs should all be hungry and fighting to make the place their own
Midfielders x 8
R Barkley – D Drinkwater – E Dier – D Alli – J Milner – T Walcott – R Sterling – M Noble
- Not the nation’s strongest area, need to be grateful for the Spurs duo of Alli and Dier’s progression this year.
- Not blessed with good enough width and having to take players who are too often hit or miss (Walcott & Sterling)
- We can only see a Midfield diamond working given the players available
- Certainly an opportunity for Barkley to prove if he is the player we think he can be
- Drinkwater in on total merit and Milner a safe option.
Forwards x 4
W Rooney – H Kane – J Vardy – J Defoe
- Currently blessed in this area, the best striking options since the late 90’s
- Captain and all time top scorer is a must, not matter of club form
- Kane & Vardy will turn up and play without fear
- Defoe is scoring goals in a poor team, is a poacher and rarely lets anyone down. A solid back up option instead of a half fit Welbeck or a fragile Sturridge.
Leaving at home
GK – B Foster, T Heaton, J Ruddy
Def – L Shaw, P Jones, G Johnson, L Baines, K Gibbs, C Chambers, R Bertrand
Mid – F Delph, J Wilshere, A Lallana, M Carrick, J Henderson, A Oxlade-Chamberlain, J Lingard
For – D Sturridge, D Welbeck, S Berahino, C Austin, A Carroll
Mentions have to be given to players that the FA should be looking to include going forward, some will be controversial names but moving away from a “top team” players focus is a must for progression:-
Joel Ward & W Zaha (Crystal Palace) B Afobe (Bournemouth)
Reece Oxford (West Ham) Andre Gray (Burnley)
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) Will Hughes (Derby)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) Demarai Gray (Leicester City)
Our potential England starting XI v Russia on 11th June
Walker Smalling Cahill Cresswell