Going into Euro 2016, there is a really good feeling surrounding England’s National Football Team. They’ve failed to perform at big international tournaments for over a decade now but with new players like Vardy, Kane and Alli all coming into the fold recently, this could finally be their year to shine. But if England are going to be successful at Euro 2016, this is how they need to lineup.
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart
Joe Hart is the best goalkeeper England have had in decades. There’s no question that Joe Hart should be England’s number one at this summer’s upcoming tournament. When he’s on top form, nobody can get by him and with more clean sheets over the last four Premier League seasons than any other goalkeeper, he could be England’s key to success.
Right Back: Nathaniel Clyne
Nathaniel Clyne has loads of pace, gets up and down the line well, tracks back, gets forward, scores goals, puts in killer crosses and rarely ever makes mistakes. He should be able to be a very reliable player for Roy Hodgson at Euro 2016.
Centre Back: Chris Smalling
Chris Smalling had his best season ever as a professional footballer in 2015-16 and as a result will be going into Euro 2016 at the top of his game. He’s good in the air, he’s tough to knock off the ball, he knows where to position his body to make clearances and he makes vital interceptions at crucial moments.
Centre Back: Gary Cahill
Gary Cahill is one of the best defenders in the Premier League in terms of defensive awareness and knowing where to be. He always sets himself up in the perfect position to do whatever he needs to do. Whether it’s tackle, clear the ball or win a ball in the air, he usually succeeds. As a heavy communicator and natural commander, he’ll also bring a strong amount of leadership to England’s back line.
Left Back: Danny Rose
Danny Rose has been one of the most improved players over these past few seasons and was so good last season for Spurs that he earned himself an appearance in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year. Now Rose is making a claim to be England’s number one left back. With pace, power and good defensive positioning he’ll be a solid player for England to have down that left side. He scored some vital goals for Tottenham in 2015-16 and there’s no reason why he can’t do the same for England at Euro 2016.
Defensive Midfield: Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson can play anywhere in midfield but a defensive role could suit him very well at this tournament. Henderson is a very good passer of the ball, an excellent tackler and can easily control and boss the midfield. As captain of Liverpool, he can also provide some much needed leadership in the midfield.
Centre Midfield: Dele Alli
England’s breakthrough star of the 2015-16 season. Dele Alli was phenomenal in 2015-16 for Tottenham playing in a number of different positions. Now playing for England, central midfield should suit him well as he’ll be able to show his strengths in both attack and defense. With an ability to strike the ball from anywhere on the pitch, Alli could be a lethal weapon for England at this year’s tournament.
Centre Midfield: James Milner
James Milner is one of the best passers in the Premier League. He knows how to create goals and pick a pass out from anywhere on the field. He’ll be able to take free kicks and corner kicks but he’ll also be key going the other way when England are forced to defend. Playing alongside Henderson will also help as the two have built a sense of camaraderie and chemistry over the course of the 2015-16 season playing together for Liverpool. With Milner being slightly more defensive-minded and Alli being slightly more attack-minded, they should be able to compliment each other well.
Attacking Midfield: Wayne Rooney
In recent years, Wayne Rooney has moved further and deeper into midfield. At the end of the season with Manchester United he was deployed as a central midfielder with heavy defensive duties. Now with England in 2015-16 he’s destined to play as the attacking midfielder behind two strikers in top form. The number ten role should suit him well and get the best out of his game. Rooney strives as the play maker. His passing is incredible and he knows exactly when to get in to the box and score a goal for himself. Allowing Rooney to play as the number ten also allows for an attractive striking partnership between Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane. With Wayne Rooney’s ability to unlock any defense with a killer pass, Jamie Vardy and all the pace he has will flourish up front, while Harry Kane who is very good in the air should be able to nod in a few goals with his head from Rooney’s pinpoint crosses.
Striker: Harry Kane
Harry Kane should be the perfect compliment to Jamie Vardy’s game. He actually plays similar to Okazaki, just with a much more lethal scoring touch. Harry Kane will most likely be England’s best goal threat at Euro 2016 and with his impeccable work rate backed up by his ability to score all kinds of goals from anywhere on the field, he should play every single minute of every single game.
Striker: Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy is so quick that no defender can catch him when he’s running at top speed. With a massive mix of power and accuracy in his shots, he can also be such a deadly goalscorer that no goalkeeper can stop him. He should be England’s most dangerous weapon at Euro 2016 and knowing Jamie Vardy, he’ll give everything to help the cause. He never stops running and gives his full effort in both attack and defense all game long. With experience as a Premier League title winner now, Vardy knows what it takes to win games and win championships. He will be absolutely crucial to England this summer if Hodgson is bold enough to play him.
How it looks on paper…
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