7 players who should be chosen for the England squad as Euro 2024 approaches

15 March 2024 2451
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As Euro 2024 approaches, England is considered one of the most formidable teams across the continent.

Despite previous tournament success being hard to come by, Gareth Southgate now mentors an exceedingly talented squad. Stars including Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, and Bukayo Saka are poised to lead their nation in the upcoming Euros. However, a selection of young players and lesser-known individuals are also vying for a spot on the squad.

This article lists the English players worthy of earning a spot as Euro 2024 gets closer.

Arsenal's Ben White has improved his standing due to injuries among England's right-backs, leading to commendable performances and a recent new contract. However, he faces stiff competition from Southgate favourites Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, and possibly Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James, depending on their recovery status. White has only represented England four times and hasn't been included in a squad since the 2022 World Cup.

Who anticipated a career revival for Ross Barkley in the 2023/24 season? After a less than successful stint at Chelsea and a year with Nice in France, the former Everton midfielder has resurrected his career at Luton Town. Despite Luton's relegation battle, Barkley has been praised for his mature central play. He faces tough competition for a spot on the squad, but his recent performance suggests Southgate should give him another chance. His last of 33 national team caps was in 2019.

The number of strikers Southgate will take to Euro 2024 is still uncertain. This factor might pose a challenge for Dominic Solanke. However, the Bournemouth striker is giving himself the best shot with his top-scoring season in the Premier League. Harry Kane and Ollie Watkins seem certain for Southgate's team, but Solanke may need to outperform rival Ivan Toney to secure his place.

If he were available for another country, West Ham's Jarrod Bowen would almost definitely be playing in Euro 2024. Unfortunately, due to vast competition in wider areas, he may miss out despite his best Premier League goal-scoring season to date. His versatility and aptitude upfront for David Moyes in the 2023/24 season might help his cause, but an outstanding end to the season may be necessary.

Joe Gomez has a growing case for inclusion in Euro 2024. While he hasn't yet scoredhis first professional goal, his ability to perform equally well centrally and as a full-back has seen Jurgen Klopp utilize him frequently in the current season. A player as adaptable as Gomez could be crucial, particularly in defense where England lacks depth.

Since his transfer from Manchester City, Cole Palmer has quickly settled in at Chelsea. Now the Blues' critical attacking player, he has earned points for Mauricio Pochettino's young team consistently throughout the 2023/24 season. His style and goal-scoring ability will undoubtedly be put to good use in an international tournament - the question is whether Euro 2024 comes too early in his development.

Kobbie Mainoo has rapidly become a vital part of Manchester United’s first team. His ease with the ball and agility have made the young midfielder indispensable under Erik ten Hag. However, the young player still has areas to improve, especially in defence. There's a high chance he'll feature in future England squads for international tournaments, but Euro 2024 may come too early.


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