England Euro 2024 squad review: Dunk over Branthwaite a surprise

Today, Gareth Southgate announced his 26-man England Euro 2024 squad for the upcoming tournament in Germany, which starts on June 14th and ends exactly one month later.

The Three Lions will be one of the favourites to win the Euros, and should back themselves to advance from Group C, which includes Denmark, Serbia and Slovenia. They advanced from qualifying at the top of their group, ahead of fellow Euros hopefuls Italy and Ukraine.

England's Jude Bellingham
Bellinghm will be one of the key players for England at the Euros – Photo by Icon Sport

England – Key facts

  • Year founded: 1872
  • Nickname: The Three Lions
  • Current FIFA ranking: 4
  • Highest FIFA ranking: 3
  • Year of Euro debut: 1968
  • Best Euro performance: Runners-up (2020)
  • Player to watch: Jude Bellingham

Full England Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeeper

  • Dean Henderson
  • Jordan Pickford
  • Aaron Ramsdale

Defence

  • Lewis Dunk
  • Joe Gomez
  • Marc Guehi
  • Ezri Konsa
  • Luke Shaw
  • John Stones
  • Kieran Trippier
  • Kyle Walker

Midfield

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • Conor Gallagher
  • Kobbie Mainoo
  • Declan Rice
  • Adam Wharton

Attack

  • Jude Bellingham
  • Jarrod Bowen
  • Eberechi Eze
  • Phil Foden
  • Anthony Gordon
  • Harry Kane
  • Cole Palmer
  • Bukayo Saka
  • Ivan Toney
  • Ollie Watkins
Shaw has not played competitive football since February and is an injury risk for England – Photo by Icon Sport

Surprise inclusions in England Euro 2024 squad

Lewis Dunk

Dunk is a player who has featured in a few of Southgate's squads, but his recent lack of form suggests that he could miss out in the plethora of central defenders at Southgate's disposal. Indeed, Dunk has been a mainstay in a Brighton and Hove Albion defence that won just one of their last 10 games in the Premier League season, conceding 17 goals in total, and other centre-backs in the squad have just performed better than him of late.

Luke Shaw

Southgate has already suggested that it is a race against time to get Shaw fully fit and ready for the Euros, as he is currently nursing a long-term injury. The Three Lions manager has suggested that he may be able to play a part in England's second group game against Denmark, but having not played any competitive football since February, it is still a huge risk to take him.

In-form players for England

Jude Bellingham

Bellingham will come into the Euros off the back of winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, adding to the La Liga title he had already won in an astonishing debut season in Spain. Indeed, he managed over 20 goals from midfield, and will be one player that other opponents truly fear when they play England.

Phil Foden

Foden has had another exceptional season with Manchester City, helping them win an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title. He was the champions' standout star, and was voted the league's Player of the Season (POTS), so he will be another player that could make the difference for England in terms of going all the way.

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Crystal Palace central defender Guehi will likely start for England in the absence of Maguire – Photo by Icon Sport

England Predicted Euro 2024 XI

England vs Serbia

(4-2-3-1) Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Saka, Bellingham, Foden, Kane

In the absence of Maguire, it has been suggested that Guehi will start England's opening group game against Serbia. With Shaw not quite fit yet, Trippier is likely to fill in at left-back in his absence.

England vs Denmark

(4-2-3-1) Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Saka, Bellingham, Foden, Kane

Southgate will likely stick to his strongest XI in arguably England's toughest group match on paper against Denmark. The boss has said that Shaw could play a part in this game, but he will likely only be fit enough for the bench.

England vs Slovenia

(4-2-3-1) Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Shaw, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Saka, Bellingham, Foden, Kane

England have played a rotated XI in their final group games at major tournaments before, but time will tell whether they will need points against Slovenia after any potential slip-ups.

Either way, Shaw will likely come into the starting line-up at left-back ahead of Trippier, in order to get him fully prepared for the knockout stages should the Three Lions reach them.


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