The European Championships are one of the biggest events in world sport, garnering hundreds of millions of viewers every edition but even the Euros felt the effect of the COVID-19 virus that has completely altered the day to day lives of most Europeans.
Delayed to 2021 and still being held in ten cities across Europe, England will be hoping to build on one of the best results in a World Cup that they have ever had in 2018 and will be aiming to lift the trophy when the final is played in London.
Many were betting on England to do well at this year’s Championships before they were postponed and that optimism continues for 2021 with various betting sites like Findbettingsites offering high odds on England’s success.
This is no surprise when considering the young squad that still have a year to develop and improve and Gareth Southgate, the manager, who has given England fans a new optimism. “Oh, Gareth you’re still the one” will undoubtedly be heard across the country whenever England win a game or show signs of promise.
1. Jadon Sancho
Although most English players ply their trade in the Premier League, possibly the most exciting of the whole squad plays his football for the German side Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho is a twenty year old winger who has impressed pundits, fans and opponents with his silky feet and incredible goal and assist tally.
Dortmund have played really attractive football this year, being incredibly effective in fast paced counter attacks that almost always finish in a big chance if not a goal, and whilst the whole team has been performing really well, Sancho has still stood out thanks to the quality of his skills and composure and speed of his comprehension, awareness and execution of his game.
He has also performed for England, scoring 2 goals already for his country despite his age, proving that he can also perform on the top stage. Fans will be hoping he can replicate some of his best moments this year like:
2. Liverpool stars
In England, Liverpool have massively dominated this season, with them lifting the Premier League trophy. They do feature some homegrown talent, namely captain Jordan Henderson and youngster Trent Alexander Arnold. Henderson has faced a lot of criticism and doubters throughout his career, being especially scrutinised whenever he laced up for England.
Pundits said that his game was too boring and sideways and he was not creative enough for the role he played in the team, but he has proven his detractors wrong by consistently being one of Liverpool’s top performers and scoring very important goals. His influence in the side is huge and the role he plays as the team’s leader has been essential to their domestic and European success.
Trent Alexander Arnold has been the undisputed right back in the Anfield starting eleven and has impressed so many with his general play but especially top class crossing and movement. He has provided countless assists to his attackers and whilst his defensive ability is sometimes shaky, when he adventures forward, he usually proves himself to be indispensable to the attack.
3. Aaron Wan Bissaka
Despite his level, TAA will not be guaranteed a spot in the England eleven in 2021 because of Manchester United’s young right back Aaron Wan Bissaka. Signed for fifty million pounds, Wan Bissaka has been very defensively solid in a defensively shaky side and most Man U fans vehemently defend in pub debates and football arguments.
He has a case for himself as many believe that he is the better player defensively, which could be more useful for an English side that is ripe with exciting talent. Either way it will be a difficult decision for Southgate but one that he will be pleased he has to make.
4. Mason Mount
Mason Mount, a nineteen-year-old midfielder from Chelsea, will also be hoping to be in the England squad. He made his competitive debut in August 2019 but has been a staple of Frank Lampard’s starting eleven since then. He is part of a cohort of young and exciting English players at Chelsea, but most point to him as standing out from the lot.
Whilst his defensive contribution can be slightly underwhelming at times, his set pieces are a big asset to his game, and his quick, short passing can open defences with ease. He is very composed on the ball and will often not take an easy shot in order to try and put in a key pass, and he is most certainly one to watch next summer.
5. Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka is another player who will be itching to play for England in 2021. He was virtually unheard of before this season but gained entry to the team thanks to injuries to every left back at Arsenal.
His defensive game has been thoroughly impressive, rarely losing the ball either with passing or dribbling. His crossing has been very effective and has been the touch of class that Arsenal have lacked recently. He also overlaps defences thanks to his runs on the wing and inside the pitch.
He has scored two goals and assisted four in six games in the Europa League, and has managed a couple of assists in the Premier League. Although he has never been picked for England, he will be on Gareth Southgate’s shortlist for Euro 2021.
6. Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood is a young Manchester United striker who will be vying for a squad position in the Euros and potentially be a super sub or even perhaps better. Even he cannot tell what foot is his strongest, and his game is characterised by speed and power.
With more experience, he will mature, and his composure and decision making should also improve. Although it would take a phenomenal season for him to take Harry Kane’s position, the Tottenham player could get injured or suspended and Greenwood will be ready to jump straight into his place.
7. Jack Grealish
Finally, Jack Grealish will be hoping to make his way into the side. England have desperately lacked creativity in midfield, and Grealish will be hoping to provide the midfield with an extra spark that could unlock defences that England have struggled to find in recent years.
Grealish is used to fierce adversity having successfully battled for promotion from the Championship and even getting infamously punched in the head by a fan. He has eight goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season which is a very impressive tally for a midfielder at a club that just survived relegation.
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