What is England’s strongest team for the Euros?

The England mens football team have many great young talents available.

With many players breaking through into the squad in recent times, but who makes the cut?

Goalkeeper

Joe Hart

Undoubtably England’s best goalkeeper of this generation. But does Jack Butland or Frazer Forster deserve a chance?

For me they definetly do as they are both very good goalkeepers. But for a tournament you need a tried and tested approach. That being said Hart should remain the number one regardless of form.  

Defence

Kyle Walker

Chris Smalling 

Gary Cahill

Danny Rose

Walker and Rose have both been excellent in Tottenham’s charge towards to the title this season so for me they are the outstanding full backs to choose ahead of Clyne, Baines and Bertrand. 

Chris Smalling has been outstanding this season for a lacklustre Manchester United side. Without Smalling and De Gea, things could be far worse for the Red Devils.  

For me you also need a bit of experience in championships such as this. And that is why Cahill gets my pick over Jagielka. By experience I mean on the big occasion (Champions League).   

If fit I would look to include Luke Shaw and Phil Jones of Manchester United or a centre half pairing of John Stones and Phil Jagielka. Mainly due to having more players at the back that regularly play alongside one another. 

Midfield

Danny Drinkwater

Deli Alli

Wayne Rooney 

Eric Dier

I think that England need to go with a solid but also aggressive approach. Drinkwater has been outstanding this season so for me he gets the nod in the holding midfield position as his work rate can bring a lot to the team.   

I would include Tottenham due Dier and Alli as both are two exciting young players willing to be creative in the midfield. They have a lot of energy which also helps. I think this combination just infront of Drinkwater would supplement the midfield and add a creative edge.

 
In front of these three I would play Captain Wayne Rooney in an advanced midfield role. Not as formidable infront of goal as other strikers this season, but his creative ability and leadership is second to none in the squad.   

Strikers

Jamie Vardy

Harry Kane

Many formations in this generation specialise with one striker. What I have noticed is that when teams play two strikers, most defences struggle to cope. 

Vardy and Kane are quite unknown entities across Europe so I think both would be ideal up front. Both are lively with an eye for goal. And with Vardy in the squad, England have the option of counter attacking football. 

 
Many faces left out of the squad, but what an exciting team this could prosper. 

People left out

Forster and Butland are not quite there yet for me to really mount a challenge for Joe Harts spot.

Jagielka and Stones don’t quite make the cut, Everton have conceded a tonne of goals this season. The preferred centre halves have more experience. 

 
Baines and Clyne for me don’t quite offer the same energy as the two Tottenham full backs.

Liverpool due Henderson and Lallana, City’s Raheem Sterling and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott miss out simply because form can speak volumes going into a tournament.

And for me the players in this lineup, offer more in the way of creativity. The wingers left out could be some exciting substitutions, whist changing the shape of the team during a game. 

Sturridge and Welbeck miss out as the two strikers included have simply been more prolific whilst also adding more of a creative edge.

Could this happen?

I highly doubt this would be the lineup come the Euros. Hodgson likes to play with width, so I assume Sterling and Lallana will be included. With Rooney playing with Kane upfront. 

I imagine, the setup of the team will be quite a boring outlook unfortunately. That was the way we were setup during the World Cup. On that note, I imagine James Milner will be making the starting lineup. Oops did I just say that out loud? 

 
The players Hodgson has to choose from is a very exciting prospect but for me I don’t think he is the right man to implement that excitement. 

And what about the kit, do we like the kit? I’m not so sure.

 
Sources: The Telegraph, Daily Mail, footyheadlines, london24, thefa, metro, mirror, daily post.

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