The New England: 5 Starlets Gareth Southgate Should Build His Team Around
Following a somewhat positive World Cup campaign, the enthusiasm surrounding the England national team is at a generational high. However, Gareth Southgate’s side eventually fell short and there remain questions that need to be answered: can the Three Lions beat the biggest teams in the biggest competitions.
England lost to Belgium twice and Croatia in Russia, and draw inside 90 minutes against Colombia which may have levelled the judgement of their performance after the euphoria.
Southgate has since raised concerns about the pool of players he has to choose from, so we’ve decided to list five starlets he should look to build his team around ahead of Euro 2020.
5. Rob Holding
Given a new long-term deal ahead of Unai Emery’s arrival, the Gunners head coach decided to keep Holding and instead sanctioned the loan departure of Calum Chambers. It was a decision which had many scratching their heads, but after Holding’s performances this season, it’s clear to see why Emery fancies him.
He’s the only English central defender starting regularly for a top-six side and possesses all the qualities one would want in a modern central defender.
4. Harry Winks
Unlucky not to be included to in the World Cup squad in Russia due to an injury-ravaged campaign at Spurs last season, but his breakthrough season the year before solidified his talents.
A mixture of technical prowess and steel in the tackle, Winks can become Southgates ticking machine from deep in midfield.
3. Phil Foden
If Winks can become the ticking machine, Foden has the potential to become the figurehead for the entire team. The Manchester City golden boy is currently in the education period under Pep Guardiola’s watch while training alongside the likes of David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho on a daily basis.
It’s telling that Pep sees him as a genuine member of that squad given their talents and aspirations. He will get enough game time this season and his natural growth will undoubtedly lead him to the top.
2. Jadon Sancho
The boy on everyone’s lips, Sancho is special in more ways the one. Firstly, he started an unprecedented trend of rejecting a contract extension from one of England’s top clubs and taking his talents abroad. Sancho left Man City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has since been a huge success in the Bundesliga.
A winger capable of leaving many defenders in his wake, Sancho should be made an integral part of Southgate’s squad in the near future.
1. Marcus Rashford
Harry Kane currently occupies the central striker role for England and rightly so, but a club move on Rashford’s part could see him compete for a regular starting berth in his preferred position.
Rashford has been advised to leave Man Utd by a number of ex-players and seek consistent football in his favoured central striking role.
A move to a club like Everton could see Rashford stamp his claim as a top class central striker.