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Where EVERY member of Gareth Southgate's England squad stands after a mixed international break 


England’s triple-header against Wales, Belgium and Denmark will have given manager Gareth Southgate some of the answers he was looking for with just eight months until the belated Euro 2020 finals. 

His 30-strong group had the perfect opportunity to show they are ready to be called upon next summer across the three games, but while a select few are a shoo-in for the tournament, a spot in the squad is firmly up for grabs after some mixed team performances, some eye-catching individual efforts – and some pretty poor ones. 

Time is running out for players to prove their worth to Southgate, with one more international break remaining this year, while there won’t be too many more fixtures pencilled in before the season ends. 

Sportsmail takes a look at how each player in Southgate’s squad got on over the international break, weighing up their chances of making it into his plans for Euro 2020.  

England boss Gareth Southgate is looking to see who's ready for his Euro 2020 squad next year

England boss Gareth Southgate is looking to see who’s ready for his Euro 2020 squad next year

GOALKEEPERS    

Jordan Pickford

The England No 1 jersey is anyone’s for the taking at the moment, but it won’t be Pickford’s for much longer if his club form continues to falter. His selection for England was a chance to prove Southgate that he needn’t worry about his questionable displays with Everton, but he didn’t grab the opportunity with both hands – no pun intended. 

He started twice for the Three Lions, and wasn’t properly tested against Belgium despite the visitors having plenty of possession.

Jordan Pickford did nothing to dispel concern over his form and looked unconvincing

Jordan Pickford did nothing to dispel concern over his form and looked unconvincing

But he looked less than convincing in the defeat by Denmark, even if the only goal he conceded was a spot-kick, one of which he also let in against Belgium. His foolish rush out of goal put Kyle Walker under unnecessary pressure and played a part in the conceding of a very soft penalty.

England’s 2018 penalty shootout hero needs to use the positive vibe at Everton to boost his own displays, with Nick Pope and Dean Henderson ready to pounce on further slip-ups.

VERDICT: WORK TO DO

Nick Pope

One opportunity to show his quality against Wales and the Burnley man will be pretty satisfied with how he did. Sure, England will face more menacing opponents further down the line should he be picked for the Euros, but he looked solid and composed against Ryan Giggs’ men as he kept a clean sheet. 

Looks to be the most likely candidate to be England’s No 1 if Southgate disposes of current first-choice.  

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING  

Dean Henderson

Showing patience is all Henderson can do at the moment, keeping up his sharpness in training and waiting for his moment at Manchester United. The reality is that Henderson is relying on David de Gea to run into an especially sticky spell of form at Old Trafford, because that’s the only way he’s going to start getting minutes on the pitch. 

An unused substitute for all three England games, and that’s the way it will probably stay next summer if continues to sit on the bench. 

VERDICT: UPHILL BATTLE

DEFENDERS

Trent Alexander-Arnold

One of the players of last season for Liverpool is going through a bit of a strange spell at the minute, not enjoying a brilliant start to the Premier League season and still struggling to replicate his often superb club form on the international stage. 

He only featured in the Belgium game before being subbed for Reece James late on. He didn’t play badly at right wing back but did appear a little subdued. But Southgate will be well aware of his quality and danger from deliveries after winning the Premier League last year – a few games won’t change his opinion. 

Barring a disastrous season, it’s difficult to see how the 22-year-old misses out. 

VERDICT: GOING TO THE EUROS 

Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn't replicated his Liverpool form for England but is a shoo-in

Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t replicated his Liverpool form for England but is a shoo-in

Kyler Walker

Another staple of the England squad with question marks over his head, Walker brought back his old self in this international break. Left out of the Wales friendly as some fresh faces were fielded, he played in both the 2-1 win against Belgium and the loss to Denmark.

Despite being unable to keep the Danes out at Wembley – and it was a shocking decision to award a penalty against him – Walker looked comfortable and barely put a foot wrong, while against Belgium he continued to show his versatility by playing as a centre-back and impressed to keep Roberto Martinez’s side at bay for most of the game. His ability to play in central defence should stand him in good stead seeing as Southgate is spoilt for choice at right back.

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING

Kieran Trippier

Given the captain’s armband against Wales and gave a solid display, before comfortably slotting in on the left side in the win against Belgium. The Atletico Madrid defender couldn’t have done much more. 

Kieran Trippier was named England captain against Wales and can't do much more to impress

Kieran Trippier was named England captain against Wales and can’t do much more to impress

Being forced to miss the Denmark game to attend an FA disciplinary hearing over an alleged breach of betting rules wasn’t ideal after a host of mishaps from England stars lately. 

But he seems to have the backing of Southgate on and off the pitch. Is he his first-choice right back? That’s not clear yet, but he’s done his bit. 

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING 

Reece James

Made his debut against Wales before coming on against Belgium and then getting his first start in the Denmark game. Being involved in all three shows Southgate is definitely keen on him, and he caught the eye against the Danes before souring his day by being sent off after the final whistle.

Mainly positive stuff but needs to keep pushing for a starting spot with Chelsea too. 

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING  

Conor Coady

Seeing the Wolves captain wheeling away after scoring his first England goal against Wales was a joy to behold and summed up what playing for the team should be all about. Superb in that game and picked to start against Denmark, making some important interceptions. Looks like he could certainly be in with a chance of inclusion next June.  

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING 

Conor Coady's joy summed up what playing for England is all about after scoring his first goal

Conor Coady’s joy summed up what playing for England is all about after scoring his first goal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Always a proud moment to get your England debut as the Arsenal star did as a substitute against Wales before his full debut came against Denmark. But he didn’t get much time to strut his stuff as he was introduced late against the Welsh before being sacrificed in the first half after Harry Maguire’s red card.  

VERDICT: UPHILL BATTLE 

Michael Keane  

Has always appeared to be a favourite of Southgate but only played in the Wales game, keeping a shut-out in the 3-0 win. 

The likes of Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and Harry Maguire appear to be preferred, but the latter’s poor form means there’s still a chance for him to step in if called upon. He’s going strong with Everton at the top of the league, so he needs to keep that up.  

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING 

Harry Maguire

A nightmare couple of months for the Manchester United captain. First he was arrested on charges of assault and bribery in Mykonos, which he denies, and had to deal with the fallout, then struggling for United. 

Harry Maguire's nightmare couple of months continued after his red card against Denmark

Harry Maguire’s nightmare couple of months continued after his red card against Denmark 

England gave him a chance for resurgence but his woes continued after two reckless challenges got him sent off in the first half against Denmark, costing England as they went on to lose 1-0. 

He did better against Belgium but he’s clearly been affected by his turbulent season. Maguire looks to be Southgate’s go-to centre-back option, so his recent decline will be a huge worry. 

He must go back to basics and try to rebuild with United. 

VERDICT: WORK TO DO 

Tyrone Mings

Had to contend with two substitute appearances and nothing to write home about in either game. It will be tough for him to break into Southgate’s first-team plans and he needs to keep impressing for Aston Villa. Being left-footed could be his trump card though, with an overwhelmingly right-footed squad needing balance.

VERDICT: UPHILL BATTLE 

Joe Gomez

We all know how good the Liverpool defender is, although he’s not in the best of form and only played in the Wales win. He didn’t do a lot wrong at Wembley, but was left out of the Belgium and Denmark games.

You’d imagine him starting alongside Maguire in big tournaments but Southgate may have to reshuffle his pack if their form doesn’t take an upturn. 

VERDICT: WORK TO DO  

Joe Gomez isn't in the best of form but there will be no doubt from Southgate over his ability

Joe Gomez isn’t in the best of form but there will be no doubt from Southgate over his ability 

Eric Dier

Reborn as a centre back at Tottenham, and now looking like a strong contender to be involved at the back next summer. Ruled out of the Denmark game through injury but looked composed against Belgium – despite conceding their early penalty. Another who Southgate seems to be fond of. 

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING 

Bukayo Saka

Another debut dished out by Southgate – the Arsenal star only played against Wales and looked shaky at the start – totally understandable – although did grow into the game. He’s only 19 but if he keeps working hard under Mikel Arteta then more opportunities will arise. 

VERDICT: UPHILL BATTLE 

Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka won his debut against Wales but struggled to settle early on

Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka won his debut against Wales but struggled to settle early on 

Ben Chilwell

Missed out on all three games after being one of the players who attended Tammy Abraham’s party, breaching the ‘Rule of Six’ imposed by the Government due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then had to return to the Chelsea squad through injury. 

Disappointing for him to miss the chance to bounce back, but given Southgate’s lack of options at left back, his place at the Euros should be safe and sound so long as he stays away from trouble and the physio room.  

VERDICT: GOING TO THE EUROS 

MIDFIELDERS  

Harry Winks

Reliable, tidy player who is probably a lot better than many think. Only called upon against Wales and helped control the midfield, and left out of the next two matchday squads. A useful option to set the tempo in midfield, but he’s up against some stern competition and will have to keep impressing for Tottenham. 

VERDICT: UPHILL BATTLE 

Mason Mount

Match-winning hero against the Belgians (thanks to a huge deflection) and impressive against Denmark. The young Chelsea star has bags of potential and he showed that in both games.

The only problem is whether he’s too similar to Jack Grealish. Mount insists they can play together in the same team, Southgate’s selections suggest otherwise. It is no secret that plenty of England fans would like to see that theory put to the test though.

Chelsea starlet Mason Mount (centre) was the match-winner against Belgium

Chelsea starlet Mason Mount (centre) was the match-winner against Belgium

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING  

Declan Rice

Two starts, two solid performances from the West Ham star. You get the feeling Southgate sees the 21-year-old at the base of his midfield. Sat out of the Wales game but looked solid enough against Denmark and Belgium.   

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING 

James Ward-Prowse

Just the one appearance late on against Wales. An outside bet for the squad and you have to feel for the Southampton star with so many quality names to compete with.

VERDICT: WORK TO DO 

Jack Grealish

The name on everyone’s lips at the moment. His man-of-the-match performance against Wales led to comparisons with England legend Paul Gascoigne. Perhaps a little over the top – but nonetheless the Aston Villa captain offers something different and has the creativity and vision that can unlock stubborn defences. 

Despite that terrific performance he was then left to stew and not involved at all against Belgium and Denmark – and both were games in which England looked in desperate need of a creative spark. Southgate seems to be biding his time with the 25-year-old. Has every chance of getting the nod. 

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING 

Jack Grealish is potentially an important creative spark for England, and superb against Wales

Jack Grealish is potentially an important creative spark for England, and superb against Wales

Jordan Henderson

Has been sidelined through injury of late but played his first game since September 20 against Belgium, and his presence would have given a lift to the whole team. 

Southgate will be keen to ease him back into things, shown by leaving him out against Denmark, but the Liverpool skipper’s experience, leadership and composure on the ball will be vital next summer.   

VERDICT: GOING TO THE EUROS 

Kalvin Phillips

Four England caps already isn’t bad for a player who’s just been promoted to the Premier League. The ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’, as he’s affectionately known by Leeds fans, has enjoyed a good start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa and Southgate looks keen on him too. 

He was one of a few players who featured in all three games – with starts against Wales and Denmark. Didn’t look out of place and just needs to settle down and show more confidence on the ball, passing forwards as well as safely sideways.

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING   

Kalvin Phillips played in all three games for England and looks to have caught Southgate's eye

Kalvin Phillips played in all three games for England and looks to have caught Southgate’s eye

Harvey Barnes

One of the names on the outskirts. His good recent form with Leicester was worthy of a call up and he’ll be proud to get his debut against Wales as a sub, but was left out altogether for the next two. England aren’t short of wingers, so he’s got a tough job on his hands.    

VERDICT: WORK TO DO  

Jadon Sancho

Missed the first game as one of the ‘house party’ trio, and only used a substitute for the next two games, possibly being made an example of by Southgate. Not able to show us what he’s capable of but he’s a presence the team needs.

But the Dortmund winger is one of the few potential superstars England have in their ranks and he’s simply too dangerous to be left at home.  

VERDICT: GOING TO THE EUROS  

Jadon Sancho only played as a sub for the three games but is one of England's few superstars

Jadon Sancho only played as a sub for the three games but is one of England’s few superstars 

FORWARDS 

Danny Ings

Among the goals against Wales and in some style too as he executed a brilliant overhead kick. The revitalised Southampton striker is showing he is a major goal threat whenever he’s on the pitch. 

He’ll never unseat Harry Kane as the first-choice striker, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be included as an alternative option. 

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING  

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

A new star has been born this season and Dominic Calvert-Lewin cannot scoring – for Everton or England. One start against Wales – netting the opener to cap a memorable debut. On as a sub for the next two. 

The 23-year-old is a throwback to the old-school English No 9 and has done his chance of inclusion to the Euros squad no harm. 

VERDICT: STRONG SHOWING 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin cannot stop scoring and has every chance of making the Euros squad

Dominic Calvert-Lewin cannot stop scoring and has every chance of making the Euros squad 

Marcus Rashford

A key cog in the machine Southgate is trying to build. Not spectacular in either of his two starts against Belgium and Denmark, but on his day the Manchester United star can give you quality out of nothing. 

He’s an example to the entire squad with the forward earning an MBE for his fight against food poverty. 

VERDICT: GOING TO THE EUROS 

Tammy Abraham

The Chelsea striker has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after his birthday party breached coronavirus protocols. He was punished by missing the Wales clash but welcomed back into training ahead of Belgium. 

Abraham failed to make any of the matchday squads, however, and with Timo Werner threatening him at Chelsea, there are question marks over his place with England too. 

VERDICT: UPHILL BATTLE   

Tammy Abraham failed to make any matchday squad after being slammed for hosting a party

Tammy Abraham failed to make any matchday squad after being slammed for hosting a party

Harry Kane

Southgate’s talisman and captain, and you could bet your house on him being involved next summer, fitness permitting. The Tottenham star, who won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, needs to be wrapped in cotton wool to ensure he’s fit for the Euros – and expect plenty more bickering between Southgate and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho over his condition. 

Southgate waited until the Denmark game to start him due to a recovery from ‘muscle fatigue’, but Kane looked to be rushed back too early as he struggled to get into the game. Kane has looked sharp for Spurs in the Premier League, so it’s vital that he’s managed properly to get the best out of him.  

VERDICT: GOING TO THE EUROS 

Gareth Southgate's captain Harry Kane is virtually guaranteed a spot so long as he stays fit

Gareth Southgate’s captain Harry Kane is virtually guaranteed a spot so long as he stays fit 

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