• Callum Pattison

England Euro 2020: Who misses out?

England head coach Gareth Southgate recently picked his 33-man preliminary squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 competition. On June 1st, Southgate has the difficult task of reducing his squad to 26 players prior to the beginning of the delayed international tournament.

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It is certainly an interesting discussion point when looking at this topic as it is something that can make the English football fans incredibly opinionated. After looking through the squad, I have decided which of the 7 players that I would personally remove from the squad in time for Euro 2020.

Aaron Ramsdale

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Arguably England's 5th choice goalkeeper at the moment behind Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone. The injury to Pope is the only logical reason that Ramsdale has made it to the initial 33-man squad.

He is a young man at just 23 years old and considering he is a goalkeeper, he is in the embryonic stages of his football career. Ramsdale could be a good goalkeeper in the years to come but as of right now, he should not be in the England Euro squad. He was okay at best this season however, playing behind a leaky Sheffield United defence will always be damaging to any goalkeeper.

Ben White

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I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that Ben White is in this squad. How is Ben White selected ahead of players such as Ezri Konsa and Fikayo Tomori?

Let's be honest, England are not exactly blessed with world class centre-backs - Stones and Maguire is always going to be an accident waiting to happen but White is still not good enough for the National squad. He's a solid player at club level and there is no denying that however, that is about as good as it gets.

Conor Coady

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He's really not that good. Similar to Ben White, Coady can be solid at club level however, there's a big difference between playing for Wolves and playing for England in a major tournament.

I also believe Southgate can afford to drop 2 centre-backs from his 33-man squad. That would still leave Maguire, Stones, Godfrey, Mings and Walker (in a back 3). By dropping 2 centre-backs, that allows more attacking players to be selected which is definitely England's strongest asset.

Kieran Trippier

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Let's stop living off that free-kick he scored 3 years ago in a game where England still got beat. The Atletico man isn't as good as other right-sided fullbacks from England and winning the league title in Spain is not going to change my mind considering how poor domestic football in Spain has been in recent years.

Reece James and Trent-Alexander Arnold are both better options. Furthermore, if the injuries to James Justin and Tariq Lamptey had not have occurred, I really doubt that Trippier would even be in the conversation right now.

Kalvin Phillips

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Dropping Kalvin Phillips is a no-brainer, right? Calling him mediocre would be too nice. He made 28 appearances for Leeds United last season in the Premier League where he scored a grand total of one goal and managed to get 2 assists. I am aware that he is not an attacking midfielder so goals are not that crucial however, Leeds United scored bags of goals last season which makes Phillip's goal involvements rather concerning.

Leeds also leaked a lot of goals last season which is also a bit concerning considering that Phillips is that defensive midfield man sat in front of the defence. He goes missing and gets bypassed far too easily. He's also what I would consider as a safe footballer. By that I mean, he doesn't do anything that is going to be too risky such as a long-range pass. It is as if he is just sitting in the middle of the park doing nothing. Sideways passes is literally as good as it gets with Kalvin Phillips.

Fully expect Gareth Southgate to start him in every game now.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin


At the start of the season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a goal-scoring machine. He scored 7 goals in his first 5 games for Everton this season and continued that form for a good chunk of the season. That is as good as it gets though.

Players should be picked for the England squad based on form and form alone. It is not about what a player has done in the past, it is about what the player is doing now and Calvert-Lewin has been extremely average in the second half of the season.

The Everton forward did pick up a few knocks that impacted his game time however, after returning from his hamstring injury in February, Calvert-Lewin has been unable to rekindle the form he showed at the beginning of the season.

Since returning from injury, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored just 3 goals in 13 games. That is not prolific enough for the England squad. Besides, Kane will be starting every game as well unless he is injured or England go into the last group game against Czech Republic already qualified for the knockout stages - No need to take Calvert-Lewin. Play Rashford, Greenwood or Watkins down the middle if necessary.

Raheem Sterling

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Potentially the most overrated player in England today. Raheem Sterling is in a fortunate position where he plays for one of the best teams in the world at Manchester City making it easier for Sterling to hide his flaws.

There is no way that Sterling gets dropped from the England squad simply because Gareth Southgate loves him. However, he's just not good enough and there are so many more players I would rather see on the wings than Raheem Sterling.

Players such as Jack Grealish, Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all offer more. Harvey Barnes would also be a better choice as well and is unlucky that he is currently injured.

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