Football365’s famous England Euro 2020 ladder
2 months ago, 12 Sep 13:35
As ever, this represents our estimation of Gareth Southgate’s thoughts. And we feel like we know him well. Numbers in brackets pertain to this ladder from just after the World Cup
1 (1) Harry Kane
We are struggling to remember a time when Harry Kane was not No. 1 on this list. And we are struggling to envision a time when he might be replaced. That is both good and not good.
2 (2) Jordan Pickford
Get the rave on. There is no competition.
3 (4) Harry Maguire
Oh Harry Maguire…oh Harry Maguire…oh Harry Maguire.
Leicester fans will win no awards for their imaginative chant about the Foxes’ Slabhead centre-half, but the man himself has played himself into a situation where Gareth Southgate’s three-man defence is Maguire + Stones + AN Other (probably Gomez). “I do pinch myself,” he says. Yes. So do we.
4 (3) John Stones
In our perfect Premier League XI and very much in Southgate’s England XI. Against Switzerland he delivered the full John Stones – for every block to prevent a goal there is a dither under a high ball to present another chance. The class:cock-up ratio needs some tweaking.
5 (6) Kieran Trippier
Appears to have nailed that right wing-back slot, a matter of months after some speculated that he might even miss out on a World Cup spot after the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold. His presence in the England team to face Spain confirmed his standing.
6 (16) Marcus Rashford
This looks and feels odd, but a striker who scores in both England games of an international break after the near-retirement of a rival footballer has to be a high climber. Jamie Carragher thinks he should join Everton. But then he would.
7 (7) Jesse Lingard
Far, far more assured of his place in Southgate’s XI than Dele Alli, and it is telling that he was the man called off the bench when Ruben Loftus-Cheek was struggling against Switzerland. It helps that he is one of just a handful of England players who are – you know – playing actual football.
8 (5) Kyle Walker
Hmmm. Is it telling that he was the only member of England’s core World Cup XI who was a) in the squad and b) not in the first-choice England side that played Spain on Saturday? Having been reluctantly converted to centre-half, has he been irretrievably replaced at right wing-back and now also in danger of being replaced at centre-half by an actual centre-half? It seems cruel. We don’t want to rub salt in stinging wounds so for now we will keep him just ahead of…
9 (21) Joe Gomez
‘If he plays for Liverpool, he will be in Southgate’s plans as Gary Cahill and Phil Jones step aside. And quite possibly fall over,’ is what I wrote in July. Sometimes, I know what I am doing.
10 (10) Jordan Henderson
Looked lost against Spain, but any central midfielder left on his own to cope against Spain would look a little lost. Right now, he is England’s first-choice ...
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