England Squad Looks Beyond Premier League Champions

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Three Lions” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by cchana

The latest England squad announcement highlighted the fact that the Champions of England, Manchester City, currently have little representation at the national level.

In fact, Raheem Sterling is the only member of the current Three Lions squad to play for the reigning league champions.

This is in contrast to the 2018 World Cup when they had four players in the
squad.

Liverpool and United are the best-represented teams

Meanwhile, 2018/19 Premier League runners-up Liverpool have four players in the squad
(Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) as
do Manchester United (Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-
Bissaka), while Tottenham Hotspur have three representatives in the selection (Harry Kane,
Danny Rose and Harry Winks).

There are two players from Chelsea (Ross Barkley and Mason Mount) and two from
Leicester City (Ben Chilwell and James Maddison) with the rest made up of players from overseas (Kieran Trippier and Jadon Sancho) or further down the Premier League table, most notably, Tom Heaton and Tyrone Mings of newly promoted Aston Villa.

City could benefit from stars being left out

Of the top six teams, Manchester City’s lack of England stars is only surpassed by Arsenal,
who do not have a single player in the current England set-up. Despite their less-than-perfect start to the season, Pep Guardiola’s men are still odds-on favourites in the Premier League betting. With his team battling on multiple fronts again this term, the Spanish coach might be pleased to have a couple of his key English players at home during the international break.

City right-back Kyle Walker may have expected to feature but was surprisingly left out of the squad with Trent Alexander-Arnold now first choice right-sided full-back. Meanwhile, John Stones has only just returned to fitness after injury and will benefit from not travelling with Gareth Southgate’s men.

Foden knocking on the door

Phil Foden is on the verge of breaking into the Manchester City first team on a regular basis
and will surely be an England regular in the future but the midfielder was not called up to the senior squad on this occasion.  However, he will travel with the Under-21 squad for their upcoming European qualifying matches.

England could have a key advantage

England are second-favourites behind France to win the Euro 2020 tournament. The Three
Lions will be boosted by the fact that some of the matches, including the semi-finals and
final, will be played at Wembley Stadium, giving them home advantage should they make it
that far.

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