So the Euros are over but if the aim of a junior tournament is to provide players for the seniors here are the 5 (in reverse order) most likely to be stepping on the flight from Luton to Moscow.
5. Tammy Abraham
Not quite the goalfest we’d hoped for from the Chelsea youngster, but a good tournament and the 4th striking spot in the senior squad is up for grabs- a tall strong target man might be a useful option- if he gets 15+ goals for Swansea this season.
4. Nathaniel Chalobah
99 Junior caps for England is a staggering achievement, 10 appearances for Chelsea in 8 years is a problem- not likely to remedied by the impending arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko. If Chalobah can find can find a regular start at club level he’s in ahead of Jake Livermore, a year on the Chelsea bench and he’s playing the World Cup on Xbox.
3. Jordan Pickford
He’ll go! But he’ll be the number 3. His competition with Jack Butland for the number 1 jersey should be fun to watch for Euro 2020 and beyond but for now it’s Butland vs Hart for 2018.
2. Alfie Mawson
Had an excellent Euros, assertive, commanding if less technically able than partner Callum Chambers. But Chambers faces stiff competition to get in the Arsenal team whereas Mawson is a guaranteed starter at Swansea. Oh and does anyone really think Phil Jones is better?
1. James Ward-Prowse
Nailed on to play Malta in September, England’s lack of centre midfield and dead ball options is obvious. A back up to Jordan Henderson at worst. And nobody wants to see Kane or Rashford taking corners.
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