When looking at England’s latest squad selected by Gareth Southgate, it's easy to get excited with the wealth of attacking options available to the manager.
Spearheaded by captain and World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, there is plenty of flexibility for Southgate to work with, having the option to go with either a back three or back four and still have a genuine attacking threat.
Both Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford will expect to be in any starting XI picked by Southgate following their excellent form for Manchester City and Manchester United respectively. Both were also impressive in England’s win away at Spain at the end of last year, making a front three with Kane that was devastating on the counter-attack.
Off the bench, there are two highly-touted youngsters in Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the latter receiving his first senior call-up before making his full Premier League debut. As for Sancho, he has been excellent for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season, scoring eight goals and providing 12 assists in his 26 appearances, 19 of which have been starts.
That’s without mentioning Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, who has managed 10 goals for Eddie Howe’s side in the Premier League this season despite some recent niggling injury problems.
Dele Alli and Jordan Henderson are two regular midfield options, while Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse have been called into the side by Southgate. Yet when it gets to the defensive options, Southgate doesn’t have quite so many quality options to choose from.