England managed to clinch their position at the group stage of Euro 2020, facing first Croatia, play-off winner C, and Czech Republic appearing first on June 14 at the Wembley stadium. Before getting exciting to witness the upcoming games having all 24 teams participating, Gareth Southgate has six weeks left before finalizing his decision for the national team.
The short amount of time is not Southgate’s problem in finalizing his decision, but the wide pool of selection of players makes up the challenging part.
With Harry Kane’s recovery still uncertain to be part of Euro 2020, Tammy Abraham from Chelsea is the utmost next in line to fill in as the alternative to fill his position being the surrogate of England’s captain yet delivers a whiff of unlike qualities from Kane. Abraham made 13 goals out of 24 games so far this season from the Premier League.
Danny Ings from Southampton and Dominic Calvert-Lewin mark as the next in line to choose from where both are looking great this season for their respective clubs. Ings made 14 goals while Calvert-Lewin scored 11 goals.
Callum Wilson also been set as back-up to Harry Kane and had Southgate’s approval already, although certain changes could still apply from Ings and Calvert-Lewin being both better scorers to be set as starters for England’s lineup rather than Wilson and Abraham.
Ings and Calvert-Lewin have their own strengths and flaws; Ings is great as a finisher, the drive, and determination he possesses at the moment after getting a setback from his injury at Liverpool. Watching the number of goals he tallied is where he reflects in getting the right motivation. The disadvantage of him is his quickness, which is a huge factor, especially in this Euro 2020 tournament.
Calvert-Lewin advantage is that previously being part of England’s age-group teams for years, also having his highlight back three years ago from the Under-20’s World Cup. Calvert-Lewin at 22, is good in his body size, mobility, and the grit of challenging every ball possession of his opponent. It becomes favorable to him staying within the center part, making it very convenient to fit for Southgate in making plays giving enough room for the wide forwards.
The two are likely to pass first England auditions before the summer, during the friendlies game against Italy and Denmark to see which would best fit.
Harvey Barnes as the latest player attracted Gareth Southgate’s radar lately as the Leicester City’s midfielder displayed impressive performance against Chelsea. England manager could adjust over Barnes when Leicester goes to Wolves ahead of naming his final squad for next month’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark.