Arguably the most naturally-gifted player in England’s ranks. Still only 20-years-old and with a summer of speculation finally behind him, Sancho should only develop further and will want to add to his somewhat meagre total of only two international goals.
Restored to the squad after the Mykonos incident, Maguire is viewed as England “senior central defender” by Southgate and part of the leadership group. That is extremely unlikely to change between now and next summer.
One of several Southgate favourites and now a Premier League champion. Gomez can be sure of a place on the plane and a role alongside Maguire in the centre of defence provided he can stay free from injury, which ruled him out of the 2018 World Cup.
In a talent pool not blessed with many left-backs, Chilwell is the outstanding candidate by far. Whether he is worth the £50m fee which Chelsea paid for his services this summer is debatable, but he is a good, attacking full-back who complements Southgate’s system.
Henderson’s presence was missed during the September camp. Despite all he has achieved over the last 18 months, the Liverpool captain is underrated by many and all but a certainty for Southgate’s final squad given his influence and experience.
While there are valid questions about Pickford’s form over the last 18 months and whether he will still be England’s first-choice goalkeeper by the summer, his place in Southgate’s squad appears secure. The No 1 jersey? Not so much.
Rashford has struggled for consistency since the back injury in January which may have ruled him out of the original Euro 2020. Even so, if he is fit, it is hard to see a world where the Manchester United forward is not part of Southgate’s summer plans.
England’s best option in the holding midfield role, for now. Rice is still only 21-years-old and has started showing the potential to become a reliable ball-winning midfielder. Will that be enough at a major international tournament next summer?
Winks is arguably Rice’s main competitor for the deepest-lying midfield role but is more about retaining possession than winning it. Southgate is clearly a fan, naming the Tottenham midfielder in every squad since the Nations League.
Likely to travel as Southgate’s second-choice goalkeeper, though could push for a starting spot if Pickford underwhelms. Pope’s prospects may suffer if Burnley’s poor start to the season stretches into the winter, with the Turf Moor club going through a difficult time.
Having reinvented himself as a centre-half and gradually worked his way back into the international fold, Dier can be confident of a place in Southgate’s final squad provided that his displays for Tottenham in that position hold up to scrutiny.
Another Southgate favourite, even if it can be difficult to see where exactly Mount fits into England’s system. The biggest threat to his international place comes from Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic pushing him out of the starting line-up at Chelsea.
One of the squad’s older heads now, Trippier has quietly impressed since taking the plunge and joining Atletico Madrid last summer. Southgate has not forgotten about him, including him in every squad since, despite a growing number of options at right-back.
Despite only winning his first cap last year at 26-years-old, Mings already appears to be a player Southgate trusts. His left-footedness is no small part of his appeal at centre-back and Aston Villa have made great strides defensively over the last few months.
If Southgate wants to employ a high pressing style where England chase the ball from the front, he could do worse than starting Ings. The Southampton striker’s scoring record over the last 18 months is just as impressive as his work off-the-ball too.
This may be uncapped Calvert-Lewin’s first call-up but his form is no flash in the pan and has been generally impressive since Ancelotti’s appointment at Everton. The 23-year-old offers a varied skill set up front, which is an advantage over some of his rivals for a place.
Work to do
Exiled for now. Southgate has spoken about ‘rehabilitating’ Foden and Mason Greenwood after their breach of coronavirus protocols in Iceland and surely will do once the dust has settled. Foden, in particular, offers a creative spark that England generally lack.
Like Foden, out in the cold after their disciplinary breach at the last camp. Greenwood arguably faces greater competition for a place too and it remains to be seen how Edinson Cavani’s arrival at Manchester United will affect his playing time at club level.
Abraham was vying with Kane for a starting spot this time last year but his early season form tailed off and he now faces stiff competition from Timo Werner at Chelsea. Has every chance of earning a squad place so long as he does not become a fringe player at Stamford Bridge.
Included in Southgate’s senior squad for the first time, Saka’s left-footedness and ability to play anywhere down that flank stand in his favour. Eligible to play for Nigeria and will still have a choice to make even if he wins his first cap due to a change of Fifa’s rules.
Easily one of England’s three best goalkeepers based on his displays at Sheffield United last season but may need to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice in order to be assured of a spot.
Keane has started the new campaign in excellent form at Everton and appears to be enjoying a new lease of life under Carlo Ancelotti. This has not gone unnoticed by Southgate, though will need to be maintained.
Despite only being 25-years-old, Grealish already feels destined to finish his career with fewer England caps than his talent deserves. Southgate has voiced doubts over where exactly Aston Villa’s captain fits into England’s system.
Manchester City’s starting right-back but Walker’s call-ups have been sporadic since the World Cup. Given the competition he faces in the position, he cannot afford sendings off like late on in the 1-0 win over Iceland in September.
Maitland-Niles has earned his second straight call-up after a strange rebirth as Arsenal’s utility man. Could he do the same for England? His ability to deputise at left-back is useful, though he will need to stay in Mikel Arteta’s thinking as well as Southgate’s.
One of the few young English players at Chelsea who is not suddenly under threat from a new recruit but James still has Cesar Azpilicueta to contend with if he is going to earn the minutes required to be Alexander-Arnold’s Euros back-up.
Another first-time call-up, Barnes has become a dangerous wide forward under Brendan Rodgers’ tutelage at Leicester City. Faces stiff competition in his position but could be hard to ignore if he enjoys a break-out season.
Achieved something approaching cult hero status for scuffing up the penalty spot before Iceland’s late miss in September, though will hope that is not remembered as the pinnacle of his international career. His ability from set-pieces is a useful trait to have at a tournament.
Debuted against Denmark in September. Whether Phillips is trusted to be England’s deepest-lying midfielder at the Euros will depend on how he manages the step up from the Championship to the Premier League. His profile is one the squad desperately lacks.
Coady received his first, long-awaited call-up for September’s camp and has retained his place. The Wolves captain is more suited to a three-man defence rather than Southgate’s usual four and a switch in formation – for Coady’s debut against Denmark – did not pay off.
Still uncapped despite entering his third season of Premier League football at Leicester City, Maddison is similar to Grealish in that he is yet to fully win Southgate’s trust. England’s lack of a No 10 role also appears to count against the 23-year-old.
A regular England squad member this time last year, Barkley gradually fell out of favour under Frank Lampard and now finds himself on loan at Aston Villa. As with Maddison, Southgate said he was not considered for this camp due to a lack of match fitness.
Another player on the fringes under Lampard, whose international prospects have been damaged as a result. Hudson-Odoi’s pathway to regular minutes is unclear, given all the competition in attack at Stamford Bridge.
All of Wilson’s four caps have come under Southgate but he was overlooked for these internationals, despite a fast start to life at Newcastle. With Calvert-Lewin and Ings in form too, it may prove difficult to win his place back.
Another Chelsea youngster to slightly fall by the wayside, though Tomori’s chances began drying up before their summer transfer splurge. Needed a loan move to be assured of regular playing time and now may need to look again in January.
The forgotten man. Alli’s last international appearance was at the Nations League finals more than a year ago but he will need to win back the confidence of Jose Mourinho at club level before an England return will be considered.
The other forgotten man. Stones appears to have little hope of nailing down a regular place at City following the arrival of record signing Ruben Dias and consistent, impressive performances may be required in order to win back Southgate’s favour.
The barrier to Oxlade-Chamberlain playing more regularly for club and country is the same as it ever was: fitness. The Liverpool midfielder has missed the start of the new campaign with a knee injury. A run of good form late in the season may be his best hope.
Vardy did not announce his retirement from international football after the 2018 World Cup, instead merely ‘walking away’ from the England set-up. Southgate remains in contact and the door is open but a return appears unlikely for now.
Shaw has not played for England in more than two years and has been injured for each of his last four call-ups. Despite a lack of left-backs and his regular starting spot at United, Southgate seems to have moved on.
Uncapped yet in form with 12 league goals since the restart. David Moyes has made the most of Antonio’s unique skill set at West Ham, leaving doubts as to whether he would fit into Southgate’s system, but a sustained scoring run would become hard to ignore.
Arguably the best one-on-one defensive full-back in the country yet still uncapped at senior international level. Wan-Bissaka is an unfortunate victim of England’s right-back surplus but his own limitations going forward cannot be ignored either.
Lamptey’s displays for Brighton since establishing himself as a regular under Graham Potter have caught many an eye, with Bayern Munich even keeping tabs on the 20-year-old, but he is another one to suffer from England’s wealth of talented right-backs.
Name-checked by Southgate during the lockdown as a then-Championship player who could make the final squad, Lamptey’s club team-mate White has an outside chance if he can replicate the form from his loan spell at Leeds in the top flight.
England’s first-choice goalkeeper at Under-21s level has an opportunity to claim one of the mandatory three spots in next summer’s squad but will need to improve on a slow start to the season with Sheffield United.
At just 17-years-old, Bellingham is already starting in the Bundesliga and impressing for Dortmund following his £22.8m move. His age and relative inexperience count against him but, if he is still a regular come the end of the season, he could be hard to ignore.
The Independent’s predicted Euro 2020 squad: Pickford, Pope, Henderson; Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Maguire, Gomez, Dier, Mings, Trippier, Saka; Henderson, Rice, Winks, Mount, Phillips, Barkley; Kane, Sterling, Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Rashford, Grealish.
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