After watching England against Germany and Holland, there are some obvious names who should certainly be on the plane to France this summer, as well as some who should wave their chances of competing at Euro 2016 well and truly goodbye. The remarkable comeback against the world champions in Berlin last Saturday suggested that maybe, just maybe, England stand a chance of conquering Europe for the first time ever. However, against the Netherlands on Tuesday night, the nation was reminded that we still have a lot more work to do before we can be mentioned in the same breath as our rivals.
Who should definitely be on the plane to France?
Jamie Vardy simply has to go to Euro 2016. Not only has he shown his goalscoring prowess time and time again this season for Leicester in the Premier League, but he has now shown he can deliver on the international stage for his country. His goal in Berlin last weekend was sublime and to follow it up with another against the Dutch on Tuesday night has confirmed to any doubters that he deserves to be on the plane. Roy has to pick him.
Eric Dier is another who should without a doubt be named in the squad for the Euros this summer. He is a perfect replacement for the ageing Michael Carrick, and England need someone desperately in that defensive holding midfield role if they are to have any chance of winning the tournament. Dier proved his worth against Germany, and he is someone who should definitely be starting the opener against Russia on June 11th.
Dele Alli is without a doubt the most exciting prospect the country has seen for years. His calmness on the ball, his sublime skill and his outstanding technical ability have seen him rise from the unknown to become one of the hottest young stars in world football. His man of the match performance against Germany on Saturday night has all but guaranteed his place in Hodgson’s squad. The kid has it all.
Harry Kane should be England’s leading striker at this summer’s finals. He has shown yet again for Tottenham this season that he can finish superbly, and his link up play with Dele Alli will cause our opponents all kinds of trouble. Another who is unfazed when pulling on that England shirt. If Roy really wants to go all the way, then Kane has to start.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves to start for his country at Euro 2016. He may be injured at the moment, but the Arsenal man is an unbelievable young talent. If England are to be at their best this summer they will need him in their side.
My 23-man England squad for Euro 2016
Joe Hart, Fraser Forster
Chris Smalling, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Danny Rose, Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw
Eric Dier, Dele Alli, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge
Starting XI against Russia on June 11th