Who’s included in England’s lineup for Euro 2024 and who has more to do to secure a spot?

Who's included in England's lineup for Euro 2024 and who has more to do to secure a spot?

This summer, England will embark on their journey to win Euro 2024 and face Slovenia, Denmark, and Serbia in Group C.

Gareth Southgate’s side topped their qualifying group without defeat and will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Germany on 14 July, given their recent record in major tournaments and the outstanding form of attacking duo Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham this season.

However, players only have two remaining friendly matches to impress the manager and secure a spot in the final roster of 23.

The upcoming matches between England and Brazil and Belgium this month have been eagerly anticipated, as confirmed by Southgate’s announcement of the team roster. However, with intense competition for spots, players’ performances in the Premier League and other leagues in Europe will be vital for the remainder of the season.

Take a more thorough glance at the individuals participating in the Euros, and those who may not be able to attend.

On the plane

Jordan Pickford

The starting goalkeeper for Everton has held the position of England’s top choice for a considerable amount of time and seems to have a secure hold on it. This is especially apparent due to the fact that Aaron Ramsdale, who was previously the closest competitor for the role, has now been replaced by David Raya at Arsenal.

John Stones

Southgate has consistently relied on the steadfast Manchester City defender, who has played a crucial role in successful campaigns at the 2018 World Cup and previous Euros. With limited options for centre-backs, Stones’ position in the team is bolstered. While injuries have hindered his performance this season, he is regaining top form and is expected to feature in the Euros if he is fit.

John Stones plays a crucial role in the England team.

Harry Maguire

The Manchester United defender has earned a high level of trust from Southgate and proved his value as he started for the team against Italy during Euro 2024 qualification. Despite initial doubts from fans and the media due to limited playing time at his club, Maguire has solidified his place in the United line-up. However, a recent injury has interrupted his progress once again.

Kyle Walker

Walker’s experience, quick recovery and versatility in playing as a right-side defender in a back three are all crucial factors that make him a crucial member of Southgate’s strategy for Manchester City. Out of all the players under Southgate’s leadership since 2016, only Kane and Harry Maguire have accrued more than Walker’s 61 international caps.

Kieran Trippier

A top choice for Southgate, Trippier is guaranteed to be selected for his knowledge, adaptability, and skill in taking set-pieces. Despite not performing up to his usual standards while playing for Newcastle this season, it will not hinder his inclusion in the squad for the upcoming Germany trip. He will serve as a backup for both the right and left-back positions.

Jude Bellingham

The 20-year-old has rapidly established himself as a vital player for England. He consistently delivers exceptional performances for both his national team and new club, Real Madrid, often scoring and assisting through his powerful runs from midfield. Southgate has a preference for Bellingham as a No 10 alongside Kane, potentially marking the beginning of a successful partnership between England’s current captain and his probable successor. Although his recent injury was concerning, he has now made a full recovery.

Jude Bellingham has emerged as a crucial player for the England national team.

Declan Rice

Rice has had a remarkable beginning with Arsenal and his significance in the international arena has significantly increased in the recent years. He has become a crucial player in England’s style of play.

Phil Foden

Foden is currently having a stellar season with Manchester City, establishing himself as a key player for the team. As he approaches 24 years old, he is becoming increasingly crucial to both Pep Guardiola’s City lineup and the English national team. His exceptional ball control is unmatched among his fellow teammates, and manager Gareth Southgate faces the challenge of determining how to utilize Foden’s attacking abilities in a squad that includes other talented players like Bellingham and Saka.

Bukayo Saka

Reworded: Saka, a prominent member of the current team, is quickly becoming a senior player, having scored 11 goals in 32 games at just 22 years old. He continues to excel in his role at Arsenal this season, and his adaptability on both the left and right sides, as well as his ability to serve as an attacking wing-back if necessary, is valuable for a manager who frequently changes tactics.

Bukayo Saka is a definite contender for a spot on England’s Euro 2024 team.

Harry Kane

The leader of England continues to be a crucial player on the field, using both his leadership skills and goal-scoring abilities to contribute to the team’s success. Kane has seamlessly adjusted to playing for Bayern Munich and has praised the benefits of the Bundesliga’s mid-season break and having one less domestic cup to contend with. As the European Championships approach, Southgate will rely on Kane to be in good health and well-rested.

Nearly there

Aaron Ramsdale

The goalie is facing competition for the starting position at Arsenal from David Raya. However, even if he remains a back-up for the remainder of the season at Emirates Stadium, he is expected to serve as Pickford’s substitute at the Euros.

Lewis Dunk

The captain of Brighton had to wait for five years to receive his second international cap, but has taken advantage of the recent opportunities given to him. Dunk’s strength in the air and skill on the ball, developed at Brighton under Roberto De Zerbi, are highly advantageous qualities for a centre-back, a position that has been uncertain for England.

Ben Chilwell

During the previous European Championship, the left-back for Chelsea did not participate at all and observed as Shaw (and occasionally Trippier) took over that position. He should definitely be included in the upcoming tournament, especially considering Luke Shaw’s past injuries, as long as he is able to maintain his own fitness.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold has faced difficulties in securing playing time as a right-back for England. However, a change to the midfield position has resulted in increased involvement for him. As the vice-captain of Liverpool, he brings both playmaking skills and proficiency in delivering set-pieces. This could lead to him earning a spot in the starting lineup alongside Declan Rice, serving as a defensive midfielder.

Southgate is starting to be won over by Alexander-Arnold.

Conor Gallagher

Gallagher’s performance in his England appearances has been outstanding and he is highly regarded by the manager. He has proven himself enough to surpass other established international players. His consistent presence in Chelsea’s starting lineup this season has strengthened his case, especially in a position where England is lacking in quality options.

Jordan Henderson

Recently, during his time playing for the Saudi Pro League, the midfielder received negative reactions from English supporters, who expressed their disapproval at Wembley. Despite this, it appears that the England manager, Southgate, has grown more attached to the player. He greatly admires Henderson’s dedication to his work, wealth of experience, and leadership skills, which are highly valuable in a team filled with younger players. Additionally, Henderson’s return to the European league with Ajax may increase his chances of securing a spot on the team. There are not many clear alternatives to fill the holding position, which works to Henderson’s advantage.

James Maddison

During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the midfielder faced difficulties due to an injury, causing him to be unable to play. However, his impressive performance for Tottenham has earned him a spot in recent teams, and he is expected to travel as a backup to Bellingham in the number 10 position, also capable of playing as an attacking number 8.

James Maddison has secured a spot on England’s Euro 2024 team.

Jack Grealish

The player for City took a while to gain recognition from Southgate, but at the age of 28 and with a history of success, he is now a consistent member of the team. However, his limited playing time for City recently and an injury sustained against Luton may worry the England manager.

Marcus Rashford


The Manchester United attacker has scored 16 goals during Southgate’s tenure, ranking as the third-highest goalscorer. He primarily plays on the left wing and is known for his speed and aggressive approaches towards the goal. This style complements Kane’s tendency to drop back and assist in organizing the team’s play. He is also capable of playing as a striker if needed. However, his lackluster performance with his club has led to doubts, especially with up-and-coming players like Cole Palmer, Jarrod Bowen, and Anthony Gordon vying for spots on the team. Will Southgate continue to have confidence in him?

Ollie Watkins

Watkins is currently the top choice for the position of Kane’s backup at the Euros. He has been consistently scoring goals and providing assists ever since Unai Emery became manager at Aston Villa. His goal contributions in the Premier League this season rank high on the charts, making it hard to overlook Watkins.

In contention

Sam Johnstone

The goalie for Crystal Palace is expected to be the third option for England’s goalkeeper and performed impressively in the team’s friendly match against Australia last year. While he had previously lost his spot on his club team to Dean Henderson, he has regained it since Oliver Glasner took over as manager for Palace.

Marc Guehi

The England coaching staff holds the Palace defender in high regard and sees him as a potential solid player for the defense in the future. The center-back position is still open for the upcoming Euro 2024 and Guehi, at only 23 years old, has a good chance of securing it after already starting in recent qualifying matches. Unfortunately, a recent knee injury has led him to undergo surgery and may impact his readiness for the tournament.

Joe Gomez

The 26-year-old defender, who has consistently played for Liverpool since the beginning of December, may have a chance to make it onto the England team due to his flexibility. He has been called back for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium in March.

Joe Gomez is enjoying a run in the Liverpool side

Jarrod Bowen

Bowen is having a successful season with West Ham and has displayed strong attacking abilities in his five appearances for the English national team. However, he will face tough competition from players such as Saka, Grealish, and Foden for the winger positions.

Anthony Gordon

The player for Newcastle, who plays on the wing, is having a great season at St James’ Park. His many contributions to scoring goals make a strong argument for his abilities. Even though Gordon has not yet played for his national team at the highest level, he has been selected for the senior squad and hopes to get a chance to play in the two friendly matches scheduled for March.

Cole Palmer

Reworded: Cole Palmer, a member of Chelsea’s team, is quickly becoming a crucial player on the field for Mauricio Pochettino’s team. This season, his skills in ball control, creativity, and scoring have been evident, leading to a difficult choice for England manager Gareth Southgate. Although he has only been given two caps so far, Palmer is likely to have more opportunities to showcase his abilities during the friendly matches in March. Based on his current performance, he deserves a spot on the team, but Southgate typically relies on more experienced players.

Ivan Toney

The striker for Brentford has come back from a suspension for betting and has scored some goals that have caught the attention of Southgate. This has resulted in a quick return to the team for the March friendly matches. While it may not be enough to make a lasting impact, his strong physical presence poses a unique threat to fellow forwards Watkins and Solanke.

After his suspension for gambling, Gareth Southgate has decided to bring back Ivan Toney.

Work to do

Ezri Konsa

Konsa has become a crucial member of a formidable Aston Villa squad led by Unai Emery. Despite being called up for international duty in November, he has yet to earn his first senior cap. He may have an opportunity to do so during the March friendly matches after being called up again for the national team.

Jarrad Branthwaite

The Everton centre-half has been impressive all season at the heart of Sean Dyche’s defence, with composure on the ball that belies his 21 years. Branthwaite will hope for an opportunity in March’s friendly games to make his England debut after receiving his first senior England call up.

Luke Shaw

When he is physically able, Shaw is the first-choice left-back for the England team, providing an attacking presence on the wing and having established connections with Maguire and Rashford at Manchester United. However, he has been largely sidelined this season due to a leg injury and is now facing another setback with a hamstring strain that will likely keep him out until May. Despite having a strong option in Chilwell and a capable backup in Trippier, Shaw may have difficulty reclaiming his spot in the Euros squad, especially since Southgate has stated that his chances of making it are uncertain.

When in good health, Luke Shaw is the top preferred player for the left-back position for the English national team.

Reece James

The defender is highly skilled and considered one of the top players globally, as long as he is in good physical condition. However, his tendency to experience frequent injuries is worrisome, especially with a smaller 23-player team in play this time. Additionally, James faces tough competition from other strong candidates such as Walker, Trippier, and Alexander-Arnold for a spot on the roster.

Kalvin Phillips

Although Phillips is a favored player for the England manager, he has not been performing at his peak for a while now. His recent expulsion from a game with West Ham has garnered criticism, and he must step up his game quickly if he wants a guaranteed spot in the Euros. However, the limited competition in England’s midfield and the trust established between him and Southgate during the last two tournaments may secure Phillips a place in the final squad.

In January, Kalvin Phillips signed with West Ham on a temporary basis, coming from Manchester City (image credit: Mike Egerton/PA).

Raheem Sterling

Southgate has spoken highly about Sterling’s potential role on the team to the press, but the Chelsea player has not participated in recent training sessions and is up against tough competition from Foden, Rashford, Grealish, and other players for a spot on the left side of England’s attack using the preferred tactic of the manager. While he has shown some impressive performance this season, will it be sufficient for him to be selected again?

Dominic Solanke

The forward for Bournemouth has been outstanding this season, marking it as the peak of his career so far. At 26 years old, he has developed into a skilled number nine player and is being considered for the Euro 2024 team. However, Kane and Watkins are currently the top choices for the two available striker positions in the official squad.

Outside bets

Jack Butland

Due to England’s limited options in the goalkeeper role, it is possible that 30-year-old Butland may be called back to the team after a strong performance for Rangers this season.

Ben White

The player from Arsenal who plays defense left the 2022 World Cup due to personal reasons and has not rejoined the England team. According to Southgate, White has stated that he does not currently want to be selected for the England squad, and it appears unlikely that he will change his decision before the Euros.

Eric Dier

The ex-Tottenham player is currently in a streak of playing matches for Bayern Munich since joining forces with Harry Kane in Germany. With his age and ability to play multiple positions, the 30-year-old has an advantage.

Eric Dier is currently having a good time with Bayern Munich.

Fikayo Tomori

Last year, Southgate expressed disapproval of the Milan defender’s frequent errors. However, Tomori has been performing well in Serie A and was called back to the England squad in the fall. Despite this, the manager appears to favor Dunk and other players over the former Chelsea defender for the backup centre-back position on the England team.

Levi Colwill

The 20-year-old Chelsea defender has solidified his position in Mauricio Pochettino’s lineup and has the capability to excel in both central and left defense. However, due to more experienced players being ahead of him in the hierarchy, this tournament may be a bit premature for him.

Kobbie Mainoo

The 18-year-old has a choice between two international opportunities. England may be interested in quickly promoting him to the senior team to avoid him choosing to play for Ghana. Mainoo had a successful debut year at Manchester United after completing his training at the academy. He has also been a part of England’s youth teams in the past.

Gareth Southgate is monitoring Kobbie Mainoo’s progress (photo credit: Mike Egerton/PA)

James Ward-Prowse

The West Ham midfielder’s performance has been inconsistent for his team and he is not preferred for his national team, as he did not participate in the last two major tournaments and was not selected for recent squads. Some have suggested that he should take Henderson’s place in midfield, but Southgate has not made any changes so far.

Eberechi Eze

The skilled midfielder from Palace has a few appearances for the national team, but in order to secure a spot on the Euros team, he must have an exceptional season. Unfortunately, injuries have hindered his progress.

Mason Mount

Mount has been replaced in the England team due to the rise of new talent and his own lackluster performance for his new club, Manchester United. Additionally, injuries have hindered his season. In order to earn a spot back on the team, Mount must score and create more goals, but this seems improbable given the limited time remaining in the season.

Mason Mount has not yet reached his full potential at Manchester United.

Predicting England’s Euro 2024 squad

The chosen goalkeepers are Pickford, Ramsdale, and Johnstone.

These players are the defenders: Walker, Trippier, Gomez, Stones, Dunk, Maguire, and Chilwell.

Some midfielders in the team are Rice, Henderson, Alexander-Arnold, Gallagher, Maddison, and Bellingham.

Players moving forward: Saka, Foden, Palmer, Grealish, Rashford, Kane, Watkins.

Source: independent.co.uk