Usually international breaks are greeted with dismay, with it resulting in domestic affairs at the highest level being put on hold but times are slowly starting to change. England's fantastic World Cup campaign in Russia last summer saw them almost reach a first final since 66 and make the nation fall back in love with the team in the process.
The Three Lions have made fantastic progress over the last 18 months and a huge part of that success has been Gareth Southgate. Initially a slightly underwhelming appointment, the 48 year-old has injected life and youth into the team and the results have been fantastic.
The outcome of the World Cup was tough to take, but the Three Lions have since bounced back to claim their place at the UEFA Nations League Finals in June so confidence is sky high at the moment. On Friday evening they kick-off another campaign with qualification for Euro 2020 set to begin, with the Czech Republic the visitors to Wembley Stadium. It's a game that England are expected to win and Southgate has named a strong squad with a few notable additions.
There's 9 players aged 24 or under which shows the number of exciting youngsters in the squad, coupled with call-ups of two uncapped debutants in Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice. The latter in particular has really impressed for his club side this year and is fully deserving of his spot in the squad, but there's still a few players who we feel that were worthy of a call-up. Three in-particular have really stood out for their sides this season and we've profiled why we think they should be in the squad below - agree with our selections? Get involved in the debate @FootyAccums.