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England Euros 2020 Qualification Squad: Declan Rice gets the nod

Gareth Southgate hands Declan Rice his first ever call-up to the England national team in the same week where the player is named as the Republic of Ireland’s ‘young player of the year’.

Squad Breakdown

Goalkeepers:

Jack Butland – Stoke City

Tom Heaton – Burnley

Jordan Pickford – Everton

Butland gets the call over Southampton’s Angus Gunn, after the Saints’ keeper is currently being targeted by Scotland who want to secure his services for their national team. Other than that, there’s not too much to write home about as Heaton and Pickford remain within Southgate’s plans.

Defenders:

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool

Ben Chilwell – Leicester City

Michael Keane – Everton

Harry Maguire – Leicester City

Danny Rose – Tottenham Hotspur

John Stones – Manchester City

James Tarkowski – Burnley

Kieran Trippier – Tottenham Hotspur

Kyle Walker – Manchester City

Luke Shaw – Manchester United

The shock of this news is that Chris Smalling has been denied a return to the England defence after many thought his current form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was enough to impress the Three Lions boss. Especially since relegation-threatened Burnley defender James Tarkowski has essentially took his spot.

Midfielders:

Fabian Delph – Manchester City

Ross Barkley – Chelsea

Eric Dier – Tottenham Hotspur

Jordan Henderson – Liverpool

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea

Declan Rice – West Ham United

Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur

The midfield remains the same but the big news of the day is that 20-year-old Declan Rice has obtained his first call-up which almost every football fan will be happy to see. However, the option of James Ward-Prowse could have been assessed but Southgate believes the set-piece specialist needs more consistent playing time within Ralph Hassenhuttl’s squad.

Forwards:

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur

Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund

Raheem Sterling – Manchester Sterling

Callum Wilson – Bournemouth

Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

Again nothing major has been altered here, the constant selection of Sancho is a very bright move for the national team looking towards the future. Watford’s Andre Gray could have been included perhaps after his impressive performances at club level of late.

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