Written by Dan Young
Who will Roy Hodgson pick in his 2016 Euro squad? This will be question on the mind of the nation with the tournament being just over a month away, and with Roy delaying his squad announcement until Monday (16th May), it’s something the England manager will be thinking hard about over the next few days. Here I will give my selection of the starting 11 that I would pick for the opening match against Russia, if I was in Roy’s shoes.
Goalkeeper – Joe Hart
If it’s one position where we’re not short of good players, it’s in the goalkeeper position. With players like Joe Hart, Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton all making important and amazing saves for their respective clubs. For me Joe Hart’s experience and not having a great defence in front of him at Man City is why he would be my first choice.
Left Back – Danny Rose
He has had an amazing season for Spurs, solid defensive displays week in week out, and has contributed massively to Spurs having the best defence in the Premier League this season. For me it’s a no brainer he should go with no other English left back distinguishing himself this season.
Centre Back – Gary Cahill
This position was difficult to pick as England have a clutch of decent centre backs but no one who really jumps out at me as a definite starter. Saying that though Gary Cahill is a solid centre back who will put his body on the line and hopefully chip in with the odd goal from a set piece.
Centre Back – John Stones
This decision was a toss-up between Stones and Chris “Mike” Smalling for the other centre back position. The reason Stones edges it for me is he has been more consistent over the whole season.
Right Back – Kyle Walker
For me one of the best right backs in the Premier League this season. Some will argue about Danny Simpson, and yes both have been very solid week in and week out for their respective clubs but Kyle Walker has had more of an impact for Spurs with more runs down the wing and putting some beautiful crosses into the box, which is why he edges it. Clyne misses out as a result of performing average in a mediocre Liverpool season.
Central Midfield – Eric Dier
I don’t think anyone can deny the amazing season he has had for Spurs, shielding the defence and being one of the best in the world in his position. Having Dier sit back will also allow the midfield to go forward confidently knowing very little will get past him.
Central Midfield – Mark Noble
Probably one person who wouldn’t get into many peoples 23 man squads, let alone their starting 11. Why he gets into my team is pretty simple, he gets stuck in, has a fantastic engine on him. He has had a great season for West Ham, by scoring goals and getting back to make a tackle. Not a bad range of passing too.
Attacking Midfielder – Delle Alli
Another player who has had a quality season. Running beyond the striker and managing to both assist and score goals. Including the one which should, in my opinion anyway, win goal of the season. A young creative player playing the no.10 role, what more can you ask for?
Right Wing – Andros Townsend
Since signing in January for relegated threatened Newcastle, Townsend has done magnificently. Running down the wing creating and scoring goals, the wide man has a good shot from long range and has given 100% to the cause.
Left Wing – Adam Lallana
Lallana has been one of Liverpool’s best players in an average season for the Merseyside club. The ability to run down the wing and cut on the inside and deliver a quality cross or shot is why I’d have Lallana starting on the left for my England team.
Striker – Harry Kane
Probably England’s best striker at this moment in time, proving he can score a goal in a variety of ways. With Lallana and Townsend providing, and an already made partnership with Delle Alli just behind I predict a few goals from this team.
Do you agree with that team? Who would you pick and in what formation? Let us know in the comments below!