Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard's end-of-season form means they deserve Euro 2020 spots

  Mason Greenwood has hit form at the right time for the England Euro 2020 squad announcement   (Image: Getty) Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwoo...


Mason Greenwood has hit form at the right time for the England Euro 2020 squad announcement 

Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka are all deserving of spots in Gareth Southgate's 26-man England selection for this summer's European Championships

Picking a squad for a major international tournament is never easy, but the expansion of squads to 26 players has eased some selection dilemmas for coaches at Euro 2020.

For my England squad, the goalkeepers pretty much pick themselves, with Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson and Nick Pope getting the nod.

Everton's Pickford would start against Croatia for me, simply because of his greater international experience, with Henderson and Pope still behind him in that respect.

Defensively, there are few surprises, with Kye Walker, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Luke Shaw the best back-four available, supplemented by Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Ben Chilwell, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bukayo Saka, whose versatility at being able to play left-back, left wing-back- with three centre-backs - and on the wing sees him make my squad.

There has been a lot of debate about Alexander-Arnold, but his improved form of late and his superb dead-ball delivery gets him a place in my squad.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham are the central midfielders, with Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in the wider and creative roles, with the option to play them more centrally with greater freedom if required.

Jesse Lingard's return to form, following his loan switch to West Ham, gets him in, his versatility in being able to play different roles in attack another reason for his inclusion, as well as his work-rate off the ball.

Up front is skipper Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford – who is likely to operate in a wide role – and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with Mason Greenwood earning a place with his timely return to form – eight goals in his last 11 games – and his ability to play in a variety of positions across the front line, as well as his deadly finishing ability with either foot.

Lingard has impressed on loan at West Ham 

Greenwood would be the perfect weapon to bring on towards the end of games, where his pace, direct running and clinical finishing could expose tired and weary defences.

My full 26-man squad:

Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, Nick Pope

Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka

Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Jesse Lingard

Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Greenwood.

And don't forget to register with the Mirror and tell us who would be in your England squad for Euro 2020.



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