England Euro 2024 squad rankings – Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane lead way | Football

England have an enviable collection of talent (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

England will head into this summer’s Euro 2024 amongst the favourites, with the team seemingly well-placed to end their long trophy drought since winning the World Cup almost 60 years ago.

Gareth Southgate’s squad is surely the envy of Europe, with the Three Lions boasting a huge embarrassment of riches.

Whittling down his pool of players will likely give Southgate endless sleepless nights between now and the start of the tournament, which gets underway in Germany on June 14.

And his already daunting task has been made even harder by the fact that the number of players allowed in each squad has been reduced from 26 – introduced at the previous two tournaments to mitigate the effects of the pandemic – to the traditional 23.

Here, Metro.co.uk takes a look at where the English players stand in the race to bag a seat on the plane to Germany.

ON THE PLANE

1. Harry Kane

England’s record goalscorer will spearhead the forward line this summer, with the former Spurs striker looking to add to the 12 goals he has scored for the Three Lions in major tournaments.

Kane already knows a thing or two about scoring goals in Germany with his Bayern Munich career having got off to a record-breaking start – and Euro 2024 could even be an opportunity to pass on some local German knowledge to his teammates in the process.

Harry Kane celebrates scoring a goal for England

Kane could be set for a blockbuster summer (Picture: Getty)

2. Jude Bellingham

Bellingham has cemented his status as one of the greatest footballers on the planet with an extraordinary first half of the season at new club Real Madrid.

If the 20 year-old is anywhere near his best when the tournament rolls around this summer, then England will surely have a golden opportunity to join the list of teams which have won UEFA’s top prize.

3. Declan Rice

Rice became the most expensive English player of all time when Arsenal agreed to part with £105m to secure his services in the summer.

The former West Ham star has fitted in seamlessly in north London, and will be instrumental at the heart of England’s midfield in stopping some of the finest attacking players the continent has to offer.

4. Jordan Pickford

The 29 year-old remains England’s undisputed first choice between the sticks.

Pickford has often saved his best form for the national team, and Germany 2024 will see him participate in his fourth tournament as England’s number one.

5. Kyle Walker

Only Kane and Harry Maguire have featured more often for England since Southgate took charge in 2016.

Walker remains a vital cog for club and country, and his ability to also play at the right of a back three is central to Southgate’s tactical flexibility mid-tournament.

Kyle Walker playing for England

Walker will add to his 81 England caps at Euro 2024 (Picture: Getty)

6. John Stones

Stones is England’s standout pick at the heart of the defence and is the only centre back completely guaranteed of his place in the squad when fit.

But Southgate will be sweating on the fitness of the Stones, with the 69-time capped star having been plagued by various injuries so far this term.

7. Bukayo Saka

The Arsenal academy graduate has, at times this campaign, struggled to match the lofty standards he set for the Gunners last season – but the same could arguably be said about all of the club’s forwards this term.

However, Saka remains one of England’s key players, having scored 11 goals in 32 appearances, and his ability to play on either flank is a useful tool in Southgate’s armoury.

8. Phil Foden

Foden has seemingly taken his game to another level under Pep Guardiola this season.

Is it testament to England’s strength in depth that a talent as predigous as Foden is not automatically guaranteed a spot in the starting XI, although his place in the squad is assured.

9. Jack Grealish

Grealish took some time to earn the trust of Southgate, but he has been a regular member of the squad since making his debut in 2020.

The amount of game time the former Villa man is afforded by Pep Guardiola between now and the start of the tournament could determine what role he plays for England in Germany, but even then he could be forced to settle as being an impact sub off the bench.

Jack Grealish playing for England

Grealish may have to contend with a spot on the bench (Picture: Getty)

CAN ALMOST START PACKING

10. Luke Shaw

Shaw is comfortably England’s first choice left back, and memorably scored the opening goal of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley after just two minutes.

The Manchester United player is closing in on a return having missed large chunks of the season through injury, and England will be keen to see him remain out of the treatment room in the second half of the season.

11. Ollie Watkins

Watkins is in pole position to act as Kane’s understudy at Euro 2024, with Aston Villa boss Unai Emery helping him blossom into one of the deadliest strikers in English football.

Only Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah have more Premier League goal involvements than the 28-year old this season.

12. Harry Maguire

Maguire’s malaise in club form has been well-documented over the past 12 months, but Southgate has so far resisted the calls to axe his trusted lieutenant from his squad.

And arguably for good reason, given Maguire’s performances for England have generally held up – not to mention the fact he remains a hugely popular figure amongst his Three Lions colleagues and is now getting regular game time at Old Trafford.

13. Kieran Tripper

Another one of Southgate’s favourites, Tripper’s spot in the squad is on shakier ground these days, due to a combination of his indifferent Newcastle form and England’s competition at fullback.

That said, his experience, versatility and set piece capabilities are likely to remain hugely attractive to Southgate – assuming his club form doesn’t dip too much more over the next few months.

14. Trent Alexander-Arnold

Southgate has seemingly never fully trusted Alexander-Arnold at right back, with legitimate question marks hanging over his defending.

But the Liverpool star, who missed the whole of Euro 2020 with a hamstring injury, has made a successful move into midfield in recent England games, and any inclusion in the Euro 2024 squad is likely to be in that position.

Trent Alexander-Arnold playing for England

Alexander-Arnold is now a midfield option for the Three Lions (Picture: Getty)

15. Marcus Rashford

Only Kane and Raheem Sterling have scored more goals under Southgate, but Rashford’s horrific form for Manchester United this season has placed his inclusion in some jeopardy.

An improvement in form at club level will surely be enough to secure his seat on the plane, but several in-form England stars enjoying fine Premier League seasons are putting serious pressure on Rashford to start delivering sooner rather than later.

16. Ben Chilwell

Chilwell has only just returned from a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined for four months.

The Chelsea left back, who didn’t play a single minute at the last Euros, should make the squad again assuming he can stay healthy.

17. Jordan Henderson

Henderson’s move to Ajax, having cut short his controversial stint at Al-Ettifaq, is surely a huge boost to the midfielder’s chances of playing in Germany later this year.

Southgate had insisted that his involvement in the Saudi Pro League would not bar him from England selection, but now a move to the Eredivisie will make it easier for the manager to rationale including him in the squad, whose experience from five major tournaments will be invaluable.

18. Aaron Ramsdale

Mikel Arteta has demoted Ramsdale to the role of Arsenal number two, in favour of David Raya, which has ended any hopes Ramsdale may have harboured over usurping Pickford.

Despite his lack of game time, the shot stopper will still be confident of acting as Pickford’s deputy in the tournament.

19. James Maddison

The charismatic and confident midfielder enjoyed a stunning start to his Tottenham career under Ange Postecoglou, which was then brought to an abrupt halt with an ankle injury in early November.

The 27 year-old is close to a return, however, and recent appearances in the England squad seemingly indicate he has earned the trust of Southgate, who at times throughout his reign has been reluctant to select him in his team.

James Maddison playing for England

Maddison is closing in on a return to fitness in a boost for club and country (Picture: Getty)

TOUCH AND GO

20. Cole Palmer

Palmer has been one of the very few positives of Chelsea’s underwhelming season, quickly emerging as one of Mauricio Pochettino’s first names on the team sheet.

The midfielder made his debut in the win over Malta in November, and Southgate will likely choose to take another look at him in March.

21. Marc Guehi

The classy centre half hasn’t put a step out of place so far in his England career, and his recent string of starts is a clear demonstration as to how highly he features in Southgate’s plans.

Guehi has reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, and a spot in the England squad will only serve to inflate the price tag Crystal Palace elect to slap on their star defender.

22. Lewis Dunk

The defender has three England caps to his name, and given the uncertainty surrounding England’s current crop of centre backs, Dunk will believe he has every chance of appearing in his first ever major tournament.

His aerial ability is hugely attractive, and his ability to play out from the back has been honed by the brilliant Roberto De Zerbi at Brighton.

23. Sam Johnstone

The keeper is having a solid season at Crystal Palace, and is currently ahead of Nick Pope in the pecking order for the third goalkeeper slot.

Johnstone played the full 90 minutes of the friendly win over Australia in October, and didn’t put a foot wrong between the sticks.

WORK TO DO

24. Jarrod Bowen

The lively forward is enjoying another fine season for West Ham, and indeed he has largely performed well in his five England appearances to date.

Bowen can hardly do much more for the Hammers, but the sheer competition for places could prove too much.

25. Raheem Sterling

Sterling has been in England exile since the World Cup in 2022, with a dip in club form not having helped his cause.

Southgate could still elect to rely on Sterling’s vast tournament experience, but it would probably require injury to several of his direct rivals for him to feature at his sixth international competition.

Raheem Sterling playing for England

Sterling is out in the England cold (Picture: Getty)

26. Conor Gallagher

Arguably Chelsea’s best player this season, the energetic midfielder is building a strong case to be included this summer.

Gallagher has won 11 caps for England so far in his career, but despite being named in the World Cup squad, he didn’t make it onto the pitch in Qatar.

27. Kalvin Phillips

Phillips played a starring role for England in their run to the Euro 2020 final almost three years ago, but has struggled for game time since signing for Manchester City in the summer of 2022.

Despite consistently retaining his spot in the England squad, the former Leeds man may need a loan move away from the club if he is to guarantee his place in Germany, especially given the fact England no longer struggle for depth in the holding midfield position.

28. Reece James

James walks into the England squad when fit and firing – but remaining fit has been a huge problem for the Chelsea star, who missed the last World Cup with injury.

James is currently out with his seventh hamstring injury in three years, with a return date still not clear, and Southgate will demand assurances over his fitness if he is to be handed a spot at the tournament.

Reece James playing for England

The right back is being plagued by injuries (Picture: Getty)

OUTSIDE CHANCE

29. Anthony Gordon

The flying winger is enjoying his football in the North East, starring in a Newcastle team which has been inconsistent, to say the least, this season.

Gordon could be given an opportunity in March’s friendlies against Brazil and Belgium, but it might be a case that England’s abundance of forward talent keeps him away from Euro 2024.

30. Callum Wilson

A reliable goalscorer when fit, Wilson was included in the June and September squads, and made two appearances for England at the last World Cup.

Wilson is currently nursing a calf injury which shouldn’t keep him out too much longer, but the form of Watkins and Dominic Solanke could see him forced to watch Euro 2024 at home like the rest of us.

31. Levi Colwill

Colwill has picked up from where he left off at Brighton last season, enjoying plenty of game time for Chelsea with a series of impressive performances – despite the odd mistake here and there.

His ability to play at centre back and left back are appealing, but it could be one tournament too soon for the 20 year-old, who surely has a bright Three Lions future ahead of him.

32. Mason Mount

Once one of Southgate’s first names on the team sheet, Mount has had a nightmare start to his Manchester United career, although he clearly hasn’t been helped by injuries.

A return to the level of performances he displayed under Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea could make it difficult for Southgate to leave him out, but he’s quickly running out of time to turn the situation around.

Mason Mount playing for England

Mount has fallen out of favour for England (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

33. Fikayo Tomori

Southgate has previously been critical of a number of mistakes Tomori has made in the Three Lions jersey.

However, the former Chelsea star, who now plays for Milan, has featured in the last three England squads and remains first choice for the Rossoneri.

34. Jadon Sancho

Sancho has been handed a Euro 2024 lifeline by Borussia Dortmund, who have taken the winger on loan for the rest of the season after he was sidelined by Erik ten Hag following their very public Manchester United falling out.

If Sancho can recreate the form at Dortmund which saw United splash the cash to sign him from the club back in 2021, then he could yet sneak onto the plane – but it’s a big ask.

35. James Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse is another player who can hardly do much more to persuade Southgate to take him to Germany, but his recent omissions are an ominous sign.

Henderson’s return to European football will certainly not help the West Ham star’s chances, who has narrowly missed out for England at the previous two tournaments.

36. Dominic Solanke

Solanke is finally living up to the huge hype which surrounded the striker during his Chelsea academy days.

Southgate may use March’s fixtures to take a look at the uncapped Solanke, whose goalscoring form for Bournemouth has given the manager yet another welcome problem – but even the slightest drop in form will likely be fatal for his chances.

37. Nick Pope

Pope faces a frantic race against time to make the England squad with the Newcastle goalkeeper expected to be out until around April with a shoulder injury.

But even a return to full fitness is not guaranteed to be enough, given Pope has been left out of recent squads – potentially because of his perceived ball-playing weakness.

Nick Pope playing for England

Pope faces a fight to regain his place in the squad (Picture: Getty)

38. Ivan Toney

The Brentford talisman has only just become available for selection again following the end of his eight month ban for breaking betting rules.

A glut of goals will likely be needed between now and the end of the season if Toney is to overtake the likes of Watkins and Wilson, but his physicality does offer something different – and not forgetting his penalty taking abilities which is always useful for an England player.

WILDCARDS

39. Ben White

White left the England camp at the World Cup for personal reasons, and hasn’t returned to the squad since.

Despite his performances for Arsenal, there appears little prospect of White featuring again any time soon for the Three Lions.

40. Kobbie Mainoo

The 18 year-old Manchester United starlet is quickly growing in stature at Old Trafford, having only made his full Premier League debut back in November.

Southgate may ultimately elect to side with experience over youth, but Mainoo would certainly not look out of place in the group.

41. Eberechi Eze

Eze continues to shine for Palace, who is reportedly attracting interest from several Premier League big boys.

However, the 25 year-old probably needs to do something hugely dramatic before the season’s end if he is to force his way into Southgate’s plans and add to his two caps.

42. Morgan Gibbs-White

A member of the England squad who won the U17 World Cup in 2017, Gibbs-White has grown to become Nottingham Forest’s most important player this season.

Barring a spectacular run of form, it remains unlikely that Gibbs-White will appear for England at Euro 2024, but it’s surely only a matter of time before he wins his first cap.

43. Ezri Konsa

Konsa made it into the squad for the November internationals after Lewis Dunk pulled out with injury.

Despite his impressive displays for Villa, it’s unlikely that Konsa, who is yet to win a cap for England, will be given a spot in the squad by Southgate barring an injury crisis at the back.

44. Eddie Nketiah

The Arsenal striker will need regular game time and a plentiful supply of goals for the rest of the campaign if he is to force his way into Southgate’s reckoning.

Nketiah has won just the one cap for England, which came in the recent win over Australia.


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