Who is on the plane? Ranking of the power of the England team in Euros
THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.
No, not Christmas. England Team Power Ranking Day!
At six months (pandemic permitting etc), the competition for places in Gareth Southgate’s team intensifies.
Here is the form of 23 England stars for the summer squad if chosen today, ranked according to the safety of their seats on the plane wherever the tournament is held.
December was not particularly kind to Dean Henderson.
The English number three has only played twice and made a howl against his former club Sheffield United.
He needs some regular playing time with Sam Johnstone in decent form. No goalkeeper has made more saves than the man from West Brom (62) and Big Sam has just arrived …
A little premature perhaps but how many English midfielders are playing now with more confidence than Curtis Jones?
Not a lot.
Scouser, 19, has been described as a cross between Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana by Danny Murphy. It is high and high praise. Too high probably but it’s still good.
England’s greatest defender is (probably) having a great season.
Only City have conceded fewer Premier League goals than Villa’s 13, while Mings have also scored two goals so far in 2020/21.
He’s a non-mover from last month.
Pretty much the only positive thing about Arsenal right now is Bukayo Saka.
The fact that he can play in multiple roles bodes well for him on the plane, although Hoffenheim’s Ryan Sessegnon is also impressive in similar roles, as is Leicester’s James Justin …
A month later, Burnley is still struggling but Pope is still good.
It will take some papal infallibility to get Jordan Pickford’s number one shirt, but it goes to the Euros.
Look who’s back!
He hasn’t played for England since 2019, but John Stones is back with a vengeance, proving that all a player needs to sort out his form is a transfer link with Arsenal.
The former Everton man was recently part of the city’s nearly impenetrable backline, even keeping Aymeric Laporte not quite world class out of the team.
Danny Ings! DINGS! DINGSY!
He’s back and as good as ever.
Do it, Che Adams and Theo Walcott on that plane! What is that? There is not enough space, you say? OK, well just Ings then.
England have too many right-backs that’s what we know.
Reece James has, however, been the best of them so far this season.
Fasten your seat belt.
Tottenham were great and now they’re not.
There are plenty of twists and turns this season and Eric Dier continues to be pretty decent as a center-back.
You can’t help but take a defender coached by Jose Mourinho, can you?
It’s been a tough season so far for Sancho, who has yet to score in the Bundesliga or Champions League for Dortmund in 2020/21.
With this rare abundance of attacking talent at England’s disposal, Sancho will need to be careful.
Kyle Walker is going to be there. Southgate is absolutely going to take at least three right-backs.
Get used to it.
View last month’s entry.
We all know what Southgate thinks of Mason Mount, but the past month has made us all feel the same way.
The 21-year-old was particularly impressive in the win against Leeds and outshines several of Chelsea’s summer arrivals.
A cut above his Villa team-mates, Jack Grealish is at times absolutely unplayable and the kind of footballer that English fans adore (… burdened with unrealistic expectations before the tournament).
It took him a while to make his mark with Southgate, but he’s now linked with the plane if he keeps it up.
The goals have loosened up a bit – DCL has only one in December so far. However, he remains as important to Everton as ever and is still the Premier League’s second-best goalscorer in Christmas with 11.
The last English Everton player to reach over 20 in a league season? Gary Lineker.
A non-mover from November, Rice remains one of the few eligible to play for England who can do what he does.
Scored the winner in the victory over Southampton, Sterling was not at his scintillating best in 2020/21, but then again, who did? Well, Calvert-Lewin obviously but who else? Don’t answer that. Sterling is doing fine and is about as secure in his seat on the plane as he can get.
More right-backs, right?
Well, I don’t forget England’s best cruiser since David Beckham.
It’s been a good month for Dr Marcus Rashford MBE in which he scored four times, helped United (sort of) become Liverpool’s closest to a title rival, won a special award to BBC Sports Personality of the Year and continued its campaign against child poverty. UK.
As for the things to be positive about in this terrible year of God, Rashford is right up there.
Yes, he’s tall and awkward, but he’s a very good defender and leader most of the time.
As for England’s center-backs, it’s gold dust.
In a world where everyone grows up wanting to be Gary Neville (suddenly), Ben Chilwell decided to play left-back.
Thanks, Ben Chilwell.
The finalist for Sports Personality of the Year is also a finalist for this England team in the Aircraft Power Ranking.
I think we all know which one is more important.
A month later, Kane is still on top.
The England captain has played some of his best football to date under Mourinho this season.
Whether the recent Spurs blip lasts or not, Kane will be the first name on the roster on June 13 and the opening group game with Croatia.
Don’t hurt yourself. Don’t hurt yourself. Don’t hurt yourself.