The Euro 2020 is now just around the corner. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was postponed by 12 months, but now we are just days away from the start. You can be sure we are going to follow everything for you in our online soccer betting tips.
Is England ready for Euro 2020? That’s the question which all of the English fans are asking themselves right now. The Three Lions will try to win the trophy for the first time in their history, and the fans are confident it could actually happen. England reached the 1/2-finals in the last World Cup, which showed us the manager Gareth Southgate is doing his job pretty well. And nobody could really argue that England has a very talented generation right now. The big question is – can this generation win a long-waited trophy?
The competition draw sent the English side in a group with Croatia, Czech Republic, and Scotland. We can say the Three Lions know the Scottish team pretty well while Croatia was the team that denied England from reaching the final of the 2016 World Cup. Time for payback now?
The manager Gareth Southgate already announced a provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2020. Most likely, he’s going to reduce the team to 26-man on Tuesday, so some of the players will get cut from the group.
It’s widely expected that Southgate will cut one of Liverpool’s biggest stars Trent Alexander-Arnold from the squad for the Euro. It might look like a huge surprise, but if you have followed English football lately, you’d know it’s not. Alexander-Arnold had a really average season with Liverpool in 2020/21, so most English media expect to see him cut from the provisional squad. In the team, Alexander-Arnold would get replaced by the new Champions League winner Reece James who’s performing on a very high level with Chelsea.
One of the big questions here is what’s happening with one of England’s most influential defenders Harry Maguire. Manchester United’s center-back missed the Red Devils’ last few games, including the Europa League final against Villarreal. He’s too crucial for England to be cut out, though. Even if he misses the first one or two matches in the group stage, Maguire will travel for the Euros – that’s for sure.
In Maguire’s possible absence, it’s now time for John Stones to step up for the national team. Stones was one of the revelations for Manchester City during their Premier League winning season. He was widely criticized for his performances in the last one or two years, but he really managed to step up his game in the previous season. Stones successfully beat Aymeric Laporte for a starting place in Man City’s team, and he turned out to be a brilliant partner for Ruben Dias in defense.
In midfield, the manager Gareth Southgate has some exciting young talent in the face of Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Manchester City’s Phil Foden, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. Mount and Foden are one hundred percent traveling for the Euro, while Southgate must make the decision about Bellingham. He’s an awe-inspiring talent, but Southgate could prefer to use a more experienced player instead of him.
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is an interesting case, that’s for sure. Lingard is a player the fans loved to laugh at, but everything changed since he was loaned to West Ham last season. With the Hammers, Lingard showed his true qualities and turned to be one of the Premier League’s most influential players. His excellent shape with West Ham could secure him a place in England’s squad for the Euros.
Southgate must be happy with all the exciting options he has in the attack. The amount of talent in the forward line is impressive. Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford look untouchable in attack, but players like Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka make it a real headache for the manager to pick his starting eleven.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be Harry Kane’s main alternative in attack when Tottenham’s striker is not available or just needing a rest. Calvert-Lewin scored 16 goals for Everton during the 2020/21 campaign and won his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad. The manager needs a player with his attributes, so we don’t think he’d get cut from the team.
There’s a real possibility to see Gareth Southgate benching Raheem Sterling for the upcoming tournament. Sterling just had his most average season in his Manchester City career despite surprisingly starting in the Champions League final against Chelsea. If he doesn’t get cut by the manager, most likely Sterling would be put on the bench for Jadon Sancho, who looks like a better fit at the moment.
Southgate would hope that Harry Kane is back to his best for the Euro 2020. Tottenham Hotspur’s striker is the Three Lions’ captain and one of the most influential figures in the team, but he had some problems with injuries during the 2020/21 captain. It’s about to be seen how this is going to affect Kane’s campaign. One thing is for sure – Harry Kane must be at his top levels if England wants to win the tournament. The team needs his goals, his assists, and his overall contribution.
That’s our preview of the English national team before Euro 2020. The manager Gareth Southgate is lucky enough to have a very talented generation at his disposal. It’s all about the little details now – how he’s going to build his starting eleven and how he will deal with the different challenges ahead. England will start its campaign with a game against Croatia at Wembley on June 13. Facing the World Cup finalists is always a challenge, but it’s also a chance for England to prove they are good enough to win the European Cup for the first time in their history. This is the first match for the Three Lions, and it could give us some essential answers about England’s ability.