England’s Potential Starting XI for Euro 2024

England’s Potential Starting XI for Euro 2024

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England head into the 2024 European Championship as one of the tournament’s favourites after finishing runners-up in 2020.

The Three Lions came agonisingly close to ending their long trophy drought during the delayed 2020 edition, but lost on penalties to Roberto Mancini’s Italy after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

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Gareth Southgate’s side then exited the 2022 World Cup at the quarter-final stage following a 2-1 loss to France – four years after a semi-final defeat to Croatia.

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At Euro 2024, England will be one of the favourites for glory and Southgate will have plenty of options to choose from after sublime individual seasons from many of his most talented players.

Below, FootballTransfers predicts England’s first-choice starting XI at Euro 2024.

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How England will line up at Euro 2024

Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford has been England’s number one goalkeeper since 2018 and he remains Southgate’s first-choice ahead of this summer’s Euros.

Harry Maguire would have been a guaranteed starter for Southgate, however the Manchester United defender misses out on the tournament through injury, meaning Marc Guehi is likely to deputise alongside John Stones at centre-back in a four-man defence.

Harry Maguire will miss EURO 2024 through injury
© IMAGO – Harry Maguire will miss EURO 2024 through injury

Luke Shaw was included in Southgate’s squad despite being out injured since February and the Man Utd star could miss the opening game of England’s tournament against Serbia, with Kieran Trippier likely to be picked at left-back in the interim.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is undoubtedly a sublime talent, but Southgate has typically preferred the more assured defensive presence of Kyle Walker and the Manchester City man will start Euro 2024 as first-choice right back.

Declan Rice will continue as England’s reliable midfield man, but arguably Southgate’s biggest selection headache comes in the form of a partner to the Arsenal star in a double pivot.

Conor Gallagher and Jordan Henderson are both options, but Kobbie Mainoo may get the nod after his impressive March international break and his form for Man Utd, while Southgate has also hinted that Alexander-Arnold may even be deployed as Rice’s partner in midfield.

Jude Bellingham has excelled since joining Real Madrid and will be deployed as England’s No.10, while Bukayo Saka will provide the width on the right. Phil Foden is unquestionably better in central areas, but Southgate will likely shift him to the left flank.

Jude Bellingham will be one of England's key men at Euro 2024
© IMAGO – Jude Bellingham will be one of England’s key men at Euro 2024

Playing Bellingham next to Rice and utilising Foden as a No.10 is an option, although it’s one Southgate is likely to ignore unless England are chasing a game.

Three Lions captain and Bayern Munich star Harry Kane will lead the line.

England’s starting XI at Euro 2024

GK: Jordan Pickford

RB: Kyle Walker

CB: John Stones

CB: Marc Guehi

LB: Kieran Trippier

CDM: Declan Rice

CDM: Kobbie Mainoo

RW: Bukayo Saka

CAM: Jude Bellingham

LW: Phil Foden

ST: Harry Kane

England’s Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).

Defenders: Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Man City).

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Kobbie Mainoo (Man Utd), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace).

Forwards: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Man City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

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