The European Championship takes place next summer and Paddy Power has odds already on who will be making Southgate’s squad

Whenever an international tournament comes around, there is always much debate as to who should make the squad. Fan’s will argue over players from their club team being in over other players.

Out of the squad of 23, you can probably pick 15 who you can guarantee will get picked. This leaves around eight spaces for players who could make a surprise appearance.

With there being 30 Premier League games of this season left plus International friendlies, there is more than enough chances for players to break into the squad. On top of this, there is also a lot of chances for players to get injured and as the saying goes one man’s loss is another man’s gain.

Potential inclusions

Jesse Lingard (6/5)

The West Ham midfielder had been very impressive since joining on loan from Man United. In his seven Premier League games for the Hammers, he has scored five and assisted two. This has earned him a call up back to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

If Lingard keeps up this level of performance, between now and the end of the season, Southgate is going to have a tough decision to make. On top of this, Southgate was in charge of England at the last World Cup, in which Lingard was one of Englands best players throughout and this will help him even more.

Ollie Watkins (5/2)

The Villa striker has had a good year in his first Premier League season. He has got ten goals and three assists, whilst striking up a fantastic relationship with Jack Grealish, who we expect will be part of this squad this summer.

Watkins made his debut for England in the recent international break, scoring on his debut against San Marino. Should something happen to Kane or Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins will probably be their replacement.

Connor Coady (5/6)

The Wolves captain made his England debut in August and has since played four times for them. Coady has lots of experience at youth level and was the England captain for several different ages groups. He has been a solid centre half for Wolves now for many years and could be a great back up option next summer.

Southgate likes to play three centre backs and with Joe Gomez out for the season it will be a race to get him back. If Coady stays fit, he has already shown he can fit into this England side and would be a great addition.

James Ward-Prowse (7/5)

With now six England call ups to his name, the Southampton midfielder may be on to look out for in terms of getting into the England squad. Ward-Prowse got his first goal for England last week against San Marino, but it was his overall performance that got more recognition. He is a very tidy midfielder who has a fantastic passing range and great technique.

His biggest attribute is his set-pieces. From both direct and in direct freekicks, he causes the opposition trouble. England found a lot of success from set-pieces in the World Cup and as such, Ward-Prowse could sneak in.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (3/1)

When you sign for Man United for £50 million, you expect an international call up to not be too far behind. However, this hasn’t been the case for Wan-Bissaka. Since joining United he still hasn’t been selected by Southgate despite being a fantastic defender. The starting right-back will be Alexander-Arnold who is exceptional at going forward. Wan-Bissaka though would be a good option in games when England are going to be up against it. When it comes to 1 vs 1 defending there aren’t many better in world football and surely this is a great asset to have when coming up against Sane, Mbappe etc.

These are just a few of the players on the fringes of the England squad for this summers Euro’s. Paddy Power has odds on a load more potential inclusions so if you think you can pick them before Southgate, go check out their odds.


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