The EURO 2020 will be held from 11th June to the 11th of July this year. With 2 months left for the tournament to kick-off the excitement surrounding the 4-yearly tournament has already started among football fans and pundits alike.
Former Manchester United footballer Gary Nevill and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, both of whom act as pundits for Sky Sports picked their respective England squad for the European competition. The duo debated and clashed on many things related to the probable squad which Gareth Southgate should pick this summer.
Gary Neville’s England squad for the EUROs –
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson .
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Eric Dier.
Midfielders: Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, James Ward-Prowse.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood.
Jamie Carragher’s England squad for the Euros –
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson.
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady, Reece James.
Midfielders: Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford.
The duo clashed on the subject of including Trent Alexander Arnold as Nevill things he does not replicate his Liverpool form for the national side and Carragher opposed the view.
Carragher added: “He’s a unique talent, he’s not the same as any other full-back. Most full-backs, even attacking ones, the greatest ones going forward, are up and down in a straight line. He’s Kevin De Bruyne playing right-back. He’s different.
“When you talk about the areas you want him on the ball, I’d want him in that position more than anyone else in Europe. Harry Kane would want him on the ball there too, Raheem Sterling too.
In his squad, Carragher picked nine defenders – four centre-backs, three right-backs and two left-backs – and Neville was having none of it.
The Liverpool legend hit back by saying: “You said if Southgate wanted to win the tournament he has to go pragmatic and play a back-five?”
It’d be interesting to see which 23 players ultimately make the cut for this season’s Euro Cup as Gareth Southgate faces a problem of plenty in the attacking and midfield departments.