Everton's Euro 2020 players and expectations

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With the rescheduled Euro 2020 around the corner, only four Everton players are in contention for making an appearance at the final tournament.

Gareth Southgate announced provisional England's 33-man Euro 2020 squad on Tuesday, with three Everton players included. There has been more speculation and betting on who will make the final England Euro 2020 squad than what’s usually spent on a weekend at an online casino, so regardless of who gets dropped, you know it will cause a big fuss.

In addition to the first-team regular Jordan Pickford, Southgate shortlisted uncapped defender Ben Godfrey and highly-rated striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 

Elsewhere, left-back Lucas Digne has made the final cut for France's Euro 2020 squad. His countryman Abdoulaye Doucoure was omitted by Didier Deschamps, whose Les Bleus squad brims with talent.

Andre Gomes was left out of Portugal's squad, while Joshua King's Norway, Seamus Coleman's Republic of Ireland and Gylfi Sigurdsson's Iceland failed to qualify for the final tournament.

Jordan Pickford

Although the Three Lions gaffer will have to trim his squad down to 26 players, Pickford is widely touted as Southgate's number one choice between the sticks.

The 27-year-old has endured an injury-hit second half of the season, which also saw him miss the last international break with an abdominal problem.

However, the former Sunderland goalkeeper has regained the optimal fitness level down the final stretch of 2020/21 and will be fully fit for the upcoming competition.

Ben Godfrey

Godfrey's chances of making the final list are not as good, even though Southgate recognised the youngster's potential during his maiden Everton campaign.

He has been nothing short of outstanding for Carlo Ancelotti's side since completing his £20m switch from Norwich City last summer. 

Godfrey's development at Goodison Park has not gone unnoticed, with Southgate's decision to include him in provisional England's Euro 2020 squad an attest of his rapid progress.

The 23-year-old centre-back remains one for the future, but it's unlikely that he can compete with the likes of Harry Maguire, John Stones and Conor Coady at the moment.

Manchester City's Kyle Walker has impressed Southgate as a makeshift centre-half in some previous matches, which further derails Godfrey's hopes of making the final squad.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Despite experiencing a drop-off in form since the calendar flipped to 2021, Calvert-Lewin is likely to play understudy to England skipper Harry Kane. 

The Toffees talisman is Southgate's go-to option to fill in for the Tottenham star, as he is the only remaining out-and-out striker available to the gaffer.

The 24-year-old was handed his inaugural England call-up by Southgate in October 2020, following a fantastic start to the 2020/21 campaign. 

After getting on the scoresheet in his international debut against Wales, Calvert-Lewin netted a brace in his second competitive start for the Three Lions against minnows San Marino.

Lucas Digne

Deschamps has included Digne in France's Euro 2020 squad after dropping him from the Les Bleus team that lifted the World Cup crown in 2018.

Following his underwhelming stint at Barcelona, the 27-year-old has gone from strength to strength at Everton, becoming a permanent fixture in Ancelotti's starting XI.

Digne's blistering showings at Goodison have earned him a place in one of the strongest European rosters, though he will have to fight Bayern Munich's Lucas Hernandez for a place in Deschamps' defensive line-up.

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