With Euro 2020 taking centre stage this summer, there are a host of Everton players who will be hoping to be part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the tournament
With Euro 2020 taking centre stage this summer, there are a host of Everton players who will be hoping to be part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the tournament.
Here is a look at the chances some of the English players at Everton have of being called up by Southgate to the national team.
Barring injuries, there is no doubt that Jordan Pickford will be in the England squad this summer as he has been their number one keeper for the last couple of years.
Southgate is a big fan of Pickford and despite one or two errors from the Toffee’ shot-stopper this season, the Three Lions boss has come out and given him his full support.
Pickford does face strong competition from Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) and Nick Pope (Burnley), as both of them have been in great form for their respective teams.
It will be a big surprise if Southgate does not remain loyal to Pickford who was the hero in England’s penalty shootout win against Colombia at the 2018 World Cup.
The player who has arguably improved the most this season since Carlo Ancelotti took over at Goodison Park is Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He has just been rewarded with a new contract following a fantastic spell in front of goal.
Calvert-Lewin has scored 13 Premier League goals this season so far. If he continues in that hot form, it will give Everton a great chance of finishing in the top half of the table where they are 8/15 in William Hill’s Premier League odds.
With injuries to Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham at the moment, Calvert-Lewin must feel he has a great chance of being part of the squad this summer. He has represented England under-21s on 17 occasions but has yet to pick his first cap for the senior team.
Michael Keane is no stranger to the England set-up. He has featured 10 times for the national team. The 27-year-old continues to develop into an excellent centre-half and if he ends the season well, he should be involved in Euro 2020.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is likely to be the first name on the team sheet in Southgate’s defensive line. The other spot alongside him is very much up for grabs and Keane is one of those players who will be chasing that spot.
Keane has lots of big game experience now so he would not be fazed by Euro 2020. One of the players he may be competing against is his centre-back partner Mason Holgate who has been linked with Manchester City recently. Those two players could spur each other on, which can only be good for Everton.
Midfielder Fabian Delph has been a regular in the England squad since 2014, including for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Delph is one of a few players Southgate will be considering that can give him options in a number of positions. The Everton man can play anywhere across midfield and is very competent as a full-back if he is required to fill in at any point.
The Three Lions have a young talented group of players now but it is essential that Southgate has some experience in there. It is clear that Delph is one of the leaders in the Everton dressing room and he can play that role for England at Euro 2020.
For now, the focus for all the Everton players will be on ending the Premier League season strongly, which will give them something to build upon in the 2020/21 campaign. If they do that, many of them are sure to be rewarded by their respective national teams.
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