England Euro 2021 Starting 11
As the 2021 euros are approaching, Englands starting 11 is still highly debatable as the plethora of youth talent available to Gareth Southgate exceeds the 23 man roster available to him. Here is my 2021 euro qualifier team as the premier league season nears its end.
Formation: Although Southgate used a more 3-4-3 formation in his 2018 world cup semi final run with wing backs playing out-wide, I would switch to the 5-3-2 formation. England's excessive depth on the flanks would allow them to keep a high intensity with this formation, while their defensive midfielder could hold up the play.
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope
In his last 2 seasons with Burnley, Pope has proven to be one of the premier leagues finest showstoppers. Although he isn’t the type of goalkeeper to pull off crazy saves every game, he can stay consistent and be a solid brick wall in the back of the england defence.
Right Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Arguably the best right back in the world, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has suffered a loss of form this season as Liverpool struggle to repeat their premier league win. Although he was not named for the world cup qualifiers team by Southgate, he can still make this squad if his form improves. All England fans know the potential he has, and want to see him succeed at the international level as he has at club level.
Right Center Back: Kyle Walker
A staple in Southgates squad, having shone in the 2018 world cup and for Manchester City for the past few seasons, it will be no surprise that he gets the starting spot here. A pacy fullback, Walker played center back in the 2018 world cup, and has proven to be defensively stable while distributing the ball up the field.
Center Back: John Stones
Having returned to form this season after partnering with Ruben Dias, Stones has led Manchester City to first place in the premier league. After failing to live up to expectations over the past seasons, a surprising turn of form should guarantee him a starting spot in Southgates squad.
Left Center Back: Harry Maguire
Following his 80 million dollar move to Manchester United in 2019, Maguire has vastly improved United's defense over the past 2 years. One of Southgates favorite defenders, he started in the 2018 squad and should help lead the young defense.
Left Back: Luke Shaw
A surprising addition to the England squad, Shaw has been outstanding for Manchester United this year as he has vastly improved his form. Following several mediocre seasons at United, this surprising turn of form will make him a valuable addition to Southgates squad.
Left Wing: Raheem Sterling
Manchester City's primary attacker, Sterling is a pacy winger who can creatively distribute the ball across the field. He is an obvious choice for this position as he brings a level of experience and creativity to the position and is a top player in the world.
Central Midfield: Mason Mount
Chelsea's best player this season, Mason Mount has emerged as an amazing midfielder who has a magical touch and a killer final pass. There is steep competition for this position but the consistency that Mount has had this season helping lead Chelsea edges him ahead of his close competition.
Central Midfield: Jordan Henderson
A key leader and player in the England squad, Henderson will be the leader for the youthful team while providing defensive coverage in the midfield. Henderson brings a touch of class in the midfield while completing the dirty work across the pitch.
Right Wing: Marcus Rashford
Arguably Manchester United’s best player, over the past few seasons Rashford has emerged as a top player in the premier league. A pacy winger who can bang in the goals, he is a talent that Southgate cannot pass on for his starting squad.
Forward: Harry Kane
England's main man, Harry Kane has been leading Tottenham's front line for the past few seasons while being arguably the best striker in the world. Southgate has putten his trust in Kane in the past, as he led the 2018 squad to the semi-finals and hopes to repeat this in the 2021 euro tournament.