England's Starting XI For Euro 2020 According To The Bookies
Gareth Southgate will have a lot of tough calls to make between now and Euro 2020, but the bookies reckon they've already figured out who will be in England's starting XI against Croatia.
The England boss has changed personnel and tactics several times in his years in charge and is currently employing a 5-2-3 system.
That's the system that the bookies feel the Three Lions will use when they open their Euro 2020 campaign against the side who knocked them out of the World Cup semi-final in 2018.
According to bettingodds.com, neither Jack Grealish or Marcus Rashford will start for England, based on Bet Victors odds for who will or won't be in the squad.
Instead Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson will play in midfield whilst Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling will play either side of Harry Kane.
Whilst Harry Maguire and Joe Gomez do seem like certainties at the back for England, despite the former's sending off against Denmark in the previous international game, John Stones isn't even currently in the squad.
The 26-year-old has fallen well down the pecking order at Manchester City and has played just one game in the Premier League so far this season.
It seems far more likely the Conor Coady, currently 4/5 to be in the squad, Michael Keane, 5/2, or Eric Dier, 5/4, starts in defence, or potentially even Kyle Walker if it is a back three that Southgate starts with.
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Ben Chilwell has been the only specialist left-back in most England squads recently so it seems pretty likely that he'll start there next summer but Trent Alexander-Arnold might have the most competition of any player.
As well as the Liverpool right back, and Walker, Southgate can also pick Reece James, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tariq Lamptey, whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles has also played in the position too.
The former Middlesbrough boss also has plenty of options in central midfield and may even choose to revert back to a 4-3-3 to get them all in.
Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Harry Winks, Kalvin Phillips and James Ward-Prowse will all fancy their chances of being in the squad, as will new boy Jude Bellingham.
The teenager has only played five times in the Bundesliga, since moving from Championship side Birmingham City, but has been called up to replace Ward-Prowse this week.
Rashford is actually one of the joint second favourites to make the squad, but he's also joint alongside Sterling, Sancho and Kane so one of them has to miss out on the starting XI.
There's a long way to go until Southgate has to make his final decision but time will soon run out for him to pick his squad.
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