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England’s Euro 2020 Squad Ranked From ‘World Class’ To ‘Why Are they Going?’

England’s Euro 2020 Squad Ranked From ‘World Class’ To ‘Why Are they Going?’

Gareth Southgate's selections are put into their TierMaker category...

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

England's 26-player Euros squad is picked and every player has been put into their TierMaker category from 'World Class' to those incredibly lucky to even make the tournament.

Harry Kane and Trent Alexander-Arnold make SPORTbible's top category. Spurs striker Kane, the Premier League Golden Boot winner and top scorer at the last World Cup, has proven himself one of Europe's leading strikers.

And, despite Gareth Southgate's apparent uncertainty about him, Alexander-Arnold has been one of the best right-backs in world football for several years now.

Raheem Sterling could also be considered for 'World Class' given his pivotal role in Pep Guardiola's Manchester City year after year, but unfortunately his poor 2021 so far means he drops to 'Out of Form'.

Marcus Rashford, John Stones and Tyrone Mings join Sterling as players whose form seems to have deserted them just at the wrong time heading into the Euros - albeit centre-back Stones was having an excellent season until a wobbly last month or so.

In the second-highest category of 'Elite' sits Phil Foden (yes, already) and Mason Mount who are proving themselves as musts for the starting XI, despite their youth. Two proven winners in Kyle Walker and Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson join them, while Jack Grealish's talent can't be denied.

'Underrated' contains Luke Shaw, the Man United left-back who has silenced his many critics this season, Kieran Trippier whose showed he's more than just a one-World-Cup wonder with Atletico Madrid and - perhaps controversially - Jordan Pickford.

The England No 1 might not be in the top bracket of the global goalkeepers, but he's quietly had an impressive season behind an often unreliable Everton defence.

Harry Maguire in 'Solid' might seem an insult, but that's a compliment when it comes to England centre-backs, which is clearly the squad's big weak spot.

Indeed one central defender sits in the bottom category of players very lucky to be going. Conor Coady has endured a tough season at Wolves and seems far happier in a back three than a back four - perfect for the last World Cup, but Southgate seems set on playing four at the back now.

Sam Johnstone has actually impressed for a poor West Brom side, but is only going because of Nick Pope's knee surgery. If he plays at all for England at the Euros, things have not gone to plan.

Each of the 26-man squad's TierMaker category is below.

World Class: Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold

Elite: Phil Foden, Kyle Walker, Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish

Rising Star: Jude Bellingham, Reece James, Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka

Underrated: Kalvin Phillips, Luke Shaw, Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier

Solid: Harry Maguire, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ben Chilwell, Dean Henderson

Out of Form: Marcus Rashford, John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings

Lucky to be Going: Conor Coady, Sam Johnstone

Spot-on or have we had a nightmare? Let us know in the comments.

All imagery: PA Images/TierMaker

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Topics: Football, Euro 2020, England