(written by Callum Owen for CW2)
With the rescheduled Euro’s, planned originally for 2020, fast approaching, discussions have arose about who should feature in the England squad for the tournament.
With competition for the limited number of spaces heating up, which Liverpool players should make the squad? And who misses out?
IN: Jordan Henderson
A fairly obvious choice.
Liverpool skipper Henderson will certainly be a part of Gareth Southgate’s plans for the summer.
Henderson, who has won 58 caps for the national side, has been in fine form this season. He has found himself commanding the Liverpool midfield, whilst also filling in a centre-back, covering injuries in Liverpool’s defensive crisis.
Southgate has favoured Henderson in his preferred central midfield position previously, and we can expect to see him there again this summer.
OUT: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Unfortunately, the dynamic midfielder will be watching at home this summer.
For Chamberlain, a combination of injuries and lack of game time has damaged his chances of featuring for the Three Lions.
Chamberlain, who has made 35 appearances, scoring seven times for England, has seen himself become a fringe player at Liverpool in recent times, failing to secure regular minutes in the Liverpool side.
In order for Oxlade-Chamberlain to force his way back into contention for the England squad, it is crucial he secures regular game time, possibly moving away from Anfield to do so.
OUT: Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez will miss this year’s tournament, however through injury, not performance.
Gomez was injured in England training back in November and is yet to feature since, with the injury likely to sideline him for the rest of the season.
It’s a shame, because Gomez, more than likely, would start in the England defence, which will now likely feature Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones.
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IN: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool’s right-back will also be representing England this summer.
In the past two years, Alexander-Arnold has proved himself to be one of, if not the best, right-back’s in the world, making his inclusion in the squad a certainty.
In Southgate’s preferred system, a 3-4-3/3-4-2-1, Trent will find himself at right-wing-back, an unfamiliar position, but one the Liverpool star has shown he can perform well in.
Despite his well-publicised struggles this season, failing to find his form from last season, Alexander-Arnold still remains as best England’s right-back and will find himself ahead of Kyle Walker and Reece James in the pecking order.
OUT: Curtis Jones
It’s a tough call, but ultimately Curtis Jones will more than likely miss out this summer.
The Liverpool academy product has been fantastic this season, featuring heavily in the Liverpool midfield as he continues to get more and more game-time for his hometown side.
The issue for Jones, who is yet to make his debut for the senior side, is that competition in the England midfield is very high. Talented options such as Jordan Henderson, Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Declan Rice will, ultimately, be ahead of the Scouser.
However, despite this year coming too soon for Jones, a strong 2021/22 campaign with Liverpool could put him right in contention for the 2022 World Cup squad.
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