Who could make the next England squad?

England suffered their first qualifying defeat in 10 years last month, losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic before hammering Bulgaria 6-0 in a game overshadowed by racism suffered by England players.

Attention now turns to upcoming games against Montenegro and Kosovo as the Three Lions look to confirm there place at next summer's European Championships.

Gareth Southgate announces his squad for the games on Thursday and we have a look at who could make the squad and who may miss out.

Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford has been England's number one for a while now and no one will forget his heroics at the 2018 World Cup but his performances over the last year have been questionable and Southgate now has others knocking on his door.

Pickford is often joined by Nick Pope and Tom Heaton, the latter however withdrew from the last squad and was replaced by Sheffield United's Dean Henderson, who arguably has been the most impressive English goalkeeper this season.

Jordan Pickford England

It's difficult to see how Henderson won't make the initial 23 this time round and whilst Pickford hasn't been at his best, for the moment his place is likely to be secure, meaning one of Pope or Heaton may not make the squad this time round.

Defenders

Centre half has been a bit of a concern for England, with some of Michael Keane's performances for both club and country coming under question, whilst Southagte has also recently bought in Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings.

John Stones has now returned from injury and will be at Southgate's disposal for the first time this season, he will likely go straight back into the side to parner Harry Maguire.

Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori also received his first call up last time out and has continued to impress with his performances. He may find himself in again, ahead of both Keane and Mings, one of whom could miss out with Liverpool's Joe Gomez likely to feature.

John Stones Kieran Trippier England

The full back positions are likely to give Southgate a headache. Kyle Walker has been dropped from the most recent squads but scored for Manchester City on Saturday. His performances seem to be improving and will be looking to get back in for sure.

He has to contend with competition from Trent Alexander-Arnold who is guaranteed to be included as well as both Kieran Trippier and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. They both missed out on the last squad and may do so again.

England seem more settled at left back, with Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose likely to be picked again.

Midfielders

Southgate watched Dele Alli score in Spurs' 1-1 draw at Everton on Sunday and could find himself back in contention after missing out on the last two squads.

Jordan Henderson is a regular fixture in the England squad and is likely to be joined by the likes of James Maddison and the Chelsea duo of Mason Mount and Ross Barkley.

Declan Rice and Fabian Delph have also been regular parts of the squad this season and it's assumed both will continue to be selected. Mount has impressed in his first season in the Premier League for Chelsea and made his first start in the Czech Republic defeat.

Declan Rice England

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain didn't feature last time but there was a call up for Spurs' Harry Winks, so it would come as no surprise if he was to follow suit again this time and leave out the Liverpool midfielder. He has only started one Premier League match so far this season however his recent performance against Genk in the Champions League does put him in possible contention for a place.

Forwards

The same five forwards selected from last months squad are likely to feature again, with Harry Kane primed to lead England's attack providing he is fit after missing Spurs' trip to Everton on Sunday.

Tammy Abraham will be ready to step in if needed, the Chelsea striker has nine league goals already this season and will provide tough competition. We expect him to be pair with Callum Wilson.

Out wide, it should be as normal, with Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho, alongside Marcus Rashford who has found himself struggling to get back into the starting 11 after a disappointing season so far.

Raheem Sterling

Jesse Lingard was dropped from the last squad and it's unlikely he'll come back this time around. The last time Lingard scored a Premier League goal was back in December last year.


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