England vs Czech Republic: Predicted XI Ahead Of Euro 2020 Campaign
England take on the Czech Republic on Friday as the road to Euro 2020 begins with the newly debuted UEFA Nations League taking a backseat until the summer.
The Three Lions face the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Nations League in June after a very impressive campaign towards the back-end of last year in a group containing Spain and Croatia.
Gareth Southgate has done a great job introducing the next crop of players and England now have some of the most exciting talents in the world.
We’ll probably see a few of those players feature this week, though Southgate must guard against giving this fixture a ‘friendly feel’ and give it the respect it deserves.
With that in mind, we attempt to predict the starting XI Southgate decides to go with against the Euro ’96 runners-up.
GK: Jordan Pickford
The bonafide No.1 under Southgate, Pickford continues in goal as he grows with this generation.
RB: Kyle Walker
A player of huge experience at the age of 28, Walker is caught between the two eras in terms of the old guard and the new generation, but he remains one of the finest right-backs in world football.
CB: John Stones
Despite his minimal playing time for Manchester City this season, Stone is still a top-class centre-back and with the manager’s insistence on playing out from the back, the 24-year-old is pivotal.
CB: Harry Maguire
Every defensive unit needs a physical enforcer and while Maguire’s ability on the ball isn’t to be scoffed at, he does provide balance.
LB: Ben Chilwell
One of a few positions that could be viewed as a ‘toss-up’, Chilwell should get the nod ahead of Danny Rose. The connection on the left of a defensive four with his club teammate Maguire could give him the nod.
CDM: Jordan Henderson
Henderson is now a seasoned veteran in the holding midfield position and despite constant criticism about his lack of mercurial talent, he gets the job done.
CM: Ross Barkley
Chelsea are currently in turmoil, but Barkley has enjoyed a renaissance at Stamford Bridge over the past 12 months. He’s still immensely talented and has learned to lend the ball to others.
CM: Dele Alli
A goal-scoring freak from central midfield, Alli will be the third midfielder that pushes on and supports Harry Kane.
RW: Jadon Sancho
The next superstar of world football. The hype around Sancho isn’t fierce in this country since he’s currently plying his trade in Germany, but the boy is special. Able to operate on both flanks, Sancho will reach the top of the game.
LW: Raheem Sterling
Whisper is quietly, Sterling is England’s most important player. Despite the detractors, the 24-year-old continues to deliver stellar numbers and is the only senior forward capable of turning a game on its head with little service.
CF: Harry Kane
The talisman. The skipper. Give him a chance, and he will score. It will take some player to put Kane’s position under any kind of threat.