One more month, one month closer to the European Championship this summer and another month of Gareth Southgate who will decide who will be with him in his quest to end the 54-year wait for England for a major international trophy.
England will face the Czech Republic, Croatia, and a playoff winner, who could be Scotland, into Group D at Euro 2020, which is a favorable result for one of the tournament hosts ‘next summer. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the England Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
The misery of the Three Lions – which Southgate knows pretty well after his Euro 96 foul against Germany – continues to roar, but this time around, there are a lot of young talents who are suggesting a change of fortune at the horizon.
The top four teams in the third position from the six groups will also enter the last-16.
The dates and locations of the England group stage matches are:
Match.1: England vs Croatia
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Match.2: England vs Play-off winner C
Date: Friday, June 19, 2020
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Match.3: Czech Republic vs England
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
England possible team of 23 men?
1. Raheem Sterling
It was not a big end of the month for Raheem Sterling, after Manchester City’s expulsion from the Champions League for the next two years.
But that minor problem aside, he remains the guy of choice for England with Kane seated on the sidelines and must be wrapped in fluffy cotton.
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold is widely regarded as the best back-to-back in the world, mainly because of his sensational crossing ability and his raiding up and down to the right. And this evaluation, according to 90 minutes, is absolutely perfect. What a baller.
3. Jordan Henderson
Winning trophies and hoisting them above his head is a feeling that Henderson has become so familiar in Liverpool. And that’s something he may have to prepare for, with the severity of Kane’s injury still in the air.
4. Jadon Sancho
There comes a point in some players’ careers when every club in the world would like to sign you up. Right now, Jadon Sancho is that player. Sorry, Borussia Dortmund.
5. Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez played last 11 Liverpool’s matches in Premier League. At the time, Liverpool won all 11 games, kept 10 clean sheets and had a 25-point lead at the top of the table.
6. Harry Kane
It was also a quiet month for Kane, with a recovery on the agenda. The only thing that happened to notice? His Heung-min is now a better player than him for the Spurs. Eek.
7. Marcus Rashford
Crashed, recovering and twiddling his thumbs, it was probably a bit of a boring month for Rashford. However, he is a heavyweight player on this side of England and nothing will change that anytime soon.
8. Harry Maguire
The good old slab head scored against Chelsea in Manchester United’s recent 2-0 victory. It’s good. The good old slab head kicked Michy Batshuayi in the nuts during the same match. It’s bad. Swings and roundabouts, huh?
9. Ben Chilwell
It was another difficult month for Leicester, but not bad for Chilwell – who scored in the recent draw with Chelsea.
So, with that in mind, he’s still the reigning, defending and undisputed left-back (thanks to Paul Heyman for that) on this side of England.
10. James Maddison
All we’ve heard over the past month is which would work best for Manchester United; James Maddison or Jack Grealish?
But, in reality, we should really ask, can Gareth Southgate find a way to accommodate the two on his English side? Probably not, but he could try.
11. Jordan Pickford
The only thing you need at a big international tournament is the stability between the sticks.
Unfortunately, in Jordan, Pickford, England has the opposite at the moment – with more errors leading to a rather strange explosion in which the Everton cap tried its increasing criticism.
Oddly enough, I think I could have found the solution: stop making mistakes, Jordan!
12. Harry Winks
The Spurs win the Premier League games again, which proves that José Mourinho still has it after all.
One of the key ingredients for renewal in North London has been the form of Harry Winks in the midfield. Dynamic, graceful, industrious and beautiful – four simple adjectives that Mourinho has certainly used in press conferences to describe it.
13. Tammy Abraham
Goals aren’t so regular for Tammy recently, who remembers having a brother named Timmy, but there is nothing to suggest that a place won’t be guaranteed.
So let’s focus on something else, remembering that his first name is actually Kevin.
14. Jack Grealish
If Jack Grealish is not in the England team for this European championship, it will be a crime against football.
No, stop thinking about the famous Daniel Radcliffe card in this alternative game, just focus on what Grealish does well for Villa – and that’s a lot, a lot.
15. Kieran Trippier
Trips haven’t really played out since England’s last options update, with groin tension that left them out of the procedures. Yet at least he did nothing wrong at the time.
16. Danny Ings
Southampton is higher and lower than my childhood yo-yo, but they have one constant thing for them – the goals scored by Danny Ings.
DIngs, as we will now lovingly call him, has 15 Premier League goals this season and recently whipped a pearl against Burnley’s former employers. But Gareth, for Christ’s sake, doesn’t put it on the front post when defending corners.
17. Nick Pope
In our previous edition of this series, in case we haven’t already mentioned it, we recommend watching the Netflix biopic The Two Popes for more information on Burnley’s keeper and his identical twin brother. This point is still valid.
18. Declan Rice
Poor old Dec really hasn’t had a happy time recently, with West Ham in the absolutely dreadful form under the irresistible David Moyes.
It doesn’t bode well for his credentials in England, but there’s no question he’s up to it – probably needs Ant by his side, remember …
19. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The end of January / beginning of February was not particularly inspiring for Oxlade-Chamberlain on a personal level, but he still has a time whale on the wave of the Liverpool juggernaut.
And who doesn’t like to have a winner’s mentality in the locker room, huh?
20. John Stones
Lord knows what sometimes goes on in John Stones’ mind, but these are certainly not thoughts you want your central defenders to have.
Still, Stones holds on to his place for his dear life – largely because there aren’t many other quality options available for poor Gareth.
21. Dean Henderson
The goalkeeper’s third place (underestimated word) in the England team has been talking about the city in, uh, goalkeeper circles for quite some time now – and it now looks like a race that Dean Henderson will no doubt win.
Indeed, Hendo is damn good and his only rival for the spot – Tom Heaton – is almost certainly done for the season by injury.
22. Tyrone Mings
Previously, on the 90-minute Who’s on the Plane series, we had chosen only three central defenders. Looking back, it was probably a mistake.
To compensate for this, we selected Mings – a prolific tackler this season – to fill the void, just ahead of Fikayo Tomori, who usefully lost his place at Chelsea at the right time.
23. Danny Rose
“I have been given the chance to play week after week. I want to play football again – with the euros in the summer, I want to put myself in the window.”
And that’s exactly what Danny Rose is doing in Newcastle – first, getting out of the bench in a 0-0 draw against Norwich, before starting pumping 4-0 at Arsenal.
Then Rose had a ruck with Toon fans on the train to Tyneside – what other evidence do you need to suggest that it MUST be included?
The three England goalkeepers for this European Championship seem to be dead certainties, but Aaron Ramsdale will always keep the hope of getting into Gareth’s thoughts.
Chris Smalling and Fikayo Tomori meanwhile, still hope to make their way into the central defensive configuration, while Kyle Walker, Reece James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams are hoping for additional nods.
Mason Mount may feel aggrieved at being knocked down in the midfield, but he is in good company – Dele Alli and Callum Hudson-Odoi are always outside to watch and have to do more to get in.
Upstairs, the fit Dominic Calvert-Lewin is an outside bet, while Callum Wilson and Mason Greenwood are also waiting behind the scenes, if an injury-ravaged the Three Lions.
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