The Great Debate: Which England Euros surprise would you spring?

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The final international break of the season is history and the dust has settled.

But there is still plenty to work out and question marks remain over names as big as Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

Which controversial decision would you make if you were picking the England squad this summer?


Lewis Ambrose

It’s not a squad thing, but a first XI thing. I think Jude Bellingham should be starting when England play Croatia.

He may only be 17 but he’s already playing in the Champions League and looking like he belongs. He’s more dynamic and direct than Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, who aren’t different enough as a pair and it leads to conservative football.

Get Jude in the side.


Dan Burke

I would risk it and only name two goalkeepers in the squad. Nick Pope would be my number one with Jordan Pickford on the bench.

This would free up an extra space for an outfield player and if Uefa had an issue with it, I would just tell them that Kyle Walker was the third choice keeper.

After all, he has a 100% clean sheet record between the sticks. What’s the worst that could happen?


Angelina Kelly

It may controversial considering the form he is currently in with West Ham, but I would not be including Jesse Lingard as an option for the Euros.

He was a big part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad back in 2018 and has experience playing with most of the current squad, I couldn’t agree with removing an attacking midfielder like Mason Mount or Phil Foden for Lingard. There’s simply no room for him.

It would be a shame for another player that has performed consistently at a high, impressive standard to miss out on a spot in the competition in favour of Lingard who has only managed to show levels of greatness in since January.


Alex Mott

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Maybe this isn’t much of a surprise considering Gareth Southgate’s selection for the March international matches, but I would personally drop Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Yes, he’s a brilliant player for Liverpool but for England the youngster has never performed in the same way and is a liability defensively against the biggest sides.

With Walker and Kieran Trippier (as well as Reece James) in great form this season, I don’t think it’s a risk that needs to be taken.


Joel Sanderson-Murray

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It’s not a massive surprise but considering all the noises suggest it is unlikely to happen, I think England would be a lot more threatening with Jack Grealish in the starting XI supporting Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Southgate seems to prefer a more pragmatic approach and there will be a lot of good players missing out whatever squad he opts for but Grealish, if fit, has to start.


Phil Costa

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It’s not a decision I would take, but I think it’s one Gareth Southgate will make come the summer.

Jadon Sancho isn’t going to Euros. And it seems absurd because of his return to form for Borussia Dortmund, but there we go.

He hasn’t been involved in the last few squads for various reasons and I think he hass fallen down the pecking order.