Which Club Will Send The Most Players To Euro 2020?
Which Premier League Club Could Be Most Represented In The Euro 2020 England Squad?
A whopping 364 days on from its first planned start date, Euro 2020 looks all set to go ahead in the summer of 2021 from 11th June.
Former UEFA President Michel Platini’s plan of having a ‘romantic’ road trip around a dozen European host cities might seem completely at odds with the new post-COVID world, but (touch wood) the noise around the upcoming tournament is that it will go ahead as planned in all twelve cities and with as many packed stadiums as possible.
As the largest capacity host stadium, Wembley is still scheduled to play a crucial role in Euro 2020 with fixtures scheduled in the Group, Round of 16, Semi-Finals and the Final stages of the tournament.
But sadly, despite the undeniable wealth of talent available at his disposal, Gareth Southgate’s England side look set to arrive at the tournament some ways behind the likes of France, Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany in most football betting odds. England’s disappointing Nations League campaign was a potent reminder of the gap between the accomplished sides in Europe and the Three Lions; couple this with the demands of a stacked and congested domestic season, and it becomes clear that Southgate is going to need to freshen up and rotate his squad ahead of the tournament’s opening rounds.
With that in mind, here’s a look at which sides could stand to be best represented for the Three Lions at Euro 2020, taking into consideration established caps and those with the best potential chance of being picked.
London And Manchester To Dominate England’s Roster
Much was made of Tottenham’s representation at the 2018 World Cup three years ago, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side boasting more players in the deeper stages of the competition than any other side in world football. Their Belgian and French contingent of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Dembele, Hugo Lloris etc. undoubtedly help boost the numbers, but Spurs still look set to retain a strong presence in the England side thanks to the captaincy of Harry Kane, stability of Eric Dier and Southgate-esque favoritism shown to the likes of Harry Winks and Dele Alli.
Since the World Cup, London’s potential representation in the England side has only increased as well. Frank Lampard’s brief reign at Chelsea brought with it call ups for Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham, West Ham United’s golden boy Declan Rice is still very much one of Southgate’s long lost sons, and Mikel Arteta’s job-saving unearthing of talents such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe could help bump the number of potential representatives up even higher.
Further north, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s English contingent looks set to remain a focal part of England’s roster with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire and strong murmurs around the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and even Mason Greenwood sneaking aboard. Phil Foden is beginning to live up to Pep’s praise of being the second coming of Lionel Messi, and Manchester City should be as equally well represented with the likes of Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and John Stones’ new found ability to defend.
Inconsistency On Merseyside Could Cost Places
After strong summers in the transfer window and reasonable starts to their Premier League campaigns, both Everton and Liverpool have suddenly found themselves plummeting down the football spread betting markets. The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Michael Keane should all be spared an embarrassing axe by Southgate, but the downturn in form and rise in competition around them could be bad news for the likes of Tom Davies, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Pickford, all of whom have been away from their clubs’ respective starting elevens post-January.
Relegation Woes Don’t Equal Call Ups
The likes of West Brom, Sheffield United and Fulham undoubtedly have bigger worries right now than how many players they’ll be sending to the Euros, and it's perhaps unsurprising to hear we don’t expect them to be too well represented in England’s camp. Their best performing potentials, the likes of Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ainsley Maitland-Niles etc., all seem to be on loan, though there might be a chance Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale is taken along to fill out as a third choice option.
Outside of the bottom three, the likes of Wolves, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace look set to be amongst the most poorly represented sides at the competition for the Three Lions. Callum Wilson and Conor Coady might be outside chances for a call up, but it’s hard to see the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly, Joel Ward or Morgan Gibbs-White giving Gareth Southgate too many selection headaches.
He might have led England during their last European misadventure, but it does seem like Roy Hodgson’s days of impacting the country’s squad selections are at an end.
And of course there’s every chance Wolves fans will be able to enjoy the sight of seeing two thirds of their squad lifting the trophy with Portugal in July.
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