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Football365’s Euro 2020 finals England ladder

As ever, this represents our estimation of Gareth Southgate’s thoughts. And we feel like we know him well. Numbers in brackets pertain to this ladder from June.   1 (3) Raheem Sterling We have waited an awful long time for this, but my word he is bloody brilliant right now. Six goals in four qualifying games. Who does that?   2 (1) Harry Kane Oh, he does that. But for the first time in what feels like forever, Kane is not the first name on the team sheet but the second, a micro-second after the first. “His level of performance is so high that dropping him would be a rare occurrence,” said the boss. It’s a bloody good job as we don’t really have an alternative.   3 (6) Jordan Henderson Who would do all the shouting and all the running and all the pointing if there was no Henderson? Injury permitting, there seems roughly zero chance of Southgate dropping one of his most trusted lieutenants. Unpopular opinion but Jordan Henderson is extremely underrated. — LP ☬ (@thfclp__) September 10, 2019   4 (2) Jordan Pickford There are alternatives. Thank Christ there are alternatives. But the rather-too-busy Pickford will keep his place between England’s sticks for the foreseeable.   5 (4) Harry Maguire He looks commanding and then he looks clumsy and moving for £80m just makes him an £80m defender who looks commanding and then clumsy. But he has started 14 consecutive England games so we really do have to pin all our hopes and dreams upon his massive shoulders.   6 (10) Trent Alexander-Arnold Bizarrely, that rise does not mean we think he is England’s first-choice right-back – if there indeed is such a thing – but that his squad place is the most secure. Since his call-up in early June of 2018, his name has not been missing from a single England squad. He’s young; he plays every week for this great Liverpool side; he is a shoo-in.   7 (7) Marcus Rashford As we said in June: ‘We’re not entirely convinced that he starts if everyone is fit (it probably comes down to a straight battle between him and Jadon Sancho) but we would not be surprised if he makes every England squad for the next decade and more.’ Nailed it.   8 (14) Jadon Sancho Right now, his ability to play on the right – thus allowing Sterling to play off his favoured left side – and his finishing prowess combine to make him the likely third member of a quite extraordinary front three. Do Dortmund have any spare English centre-halves lying around? Jadon Sancho has now been directly involved in 7 goals (4 & 3) in his last 4 starts in all competitions. Ridiculous. — Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 10, 2019   9 (19) Declan Rice As I wrote on Tuesday night: ‘Is he the answer yet? We’re not really sure. Is he the best answer we can currently give? Probably. He definitely makes us feel a little less queasy than Eric Dier and right now, that will simply have to do.’ And most importantly for this ladder, Southgate is clearly invested in his improvement.   10 (5) Joe Gomez We might have to nobble Joel Matip to get him enough games for Liverpool to make him undroppable for England. We remember Switzerland in June, when Gomez and Maguire looked – whisper it – calm. Can you be nostalgic for a time less than three months ago?   11 (8) Ross Barkley Definitely the most vulnerable of the England midfield but he has quietly started seven of their last ten games. We want more from him, but there is absolutely no doubt that he is in Southgate’s good books. We might crave Mason Mount but right now, he bows to his Chelsea teammate.   12 (17) Ben Chilwell Really, really awful against the Dutch in the summer but it was telling that Chilwell was picked by Southgate for what he knew would be the harder game against Kosovo. That was his seventh start in 11 games since he was drafted in to replace Ashley Young last September. He is here to stay.   13 (9) John Stones Also really, really awful against the Dutch in the summer but the horror of seeing Michael Keane start back-to-back games in an England shirt has softened our hearts once again to Stones, who should at least play more for Manchester City after the loss of Aymeric Laporte to injury. Random observation on a dearth of England central defenders: since Phil Jones made his senior England debut (2011), only 2 other centre-halves have emerged to gain more than 10 England caps – John Stones and Harry Maguire. Two ‘good’ centre-halves in 8 years. — Nick Harris (@sportingintel) September 10, 2019   14 (42) Mason Mount That June position shows just how surprising Mount’s rise to prominence has been. We had James Maddison so very far ahead of Mount among the younger candidates for a No. 10 role that does not really exist in this England side.   15 (13) Danny Rose Had a poor start to the season for Tottenham but retained his England squad place because left-back options are a little thin on the ground. If he is replaced by Ryan Sessegnon for club, the same will likely happen for country.   16 (RE) Nick Pope We probably forgot about him in June. He has reminded us about his prowess this season.   17 (12) Kyle Walker Reports suggest that Southgate told Walker that he is still his first-choice right-back despite being dropped from this particular squad. There is certainly some logic to the theory that the England boss wanted to see Aaron Wan-Bissaka up close and Walker – who will be 30 when Euro 2020 rolls around – was the temporary fall guy.   18 (20) Michael Keane England’s fourth-choice centre-half. And we never want to see him in an England shirt again. Michael Keane, what are you doing? Kosovo take the lead against England! — Sporting Life Football (@SportingLifeFC) September 10, 2019   19 (25) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Almost 18 months after his 32nd England cap came his 33rd against Bulgaria. Now we just need him to play more than a bit-part role for Liverpool and work on his pointing/shouting so he can deputise for Henderson.   20 (21) Harry Winks ‘He really must edge out Fabian Delph as it stands. Mustn’t he? Surely?’ is what we asked in June. He did indeed edge out Delph, but...


Published By: Fottball 365 - Wednesday, 11 September

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