Some four weeks ahead of the Finals, England coach Brian Eastick named his squad for the European Under-19 Championships in the Ukraine over the weekend, and it’s a strong party.
Primarily for this site, multiple members of the Top 50 are included. Jason Steele, Ben Amos, Kieran Trippier, Nathan Baker, Matthew James, Henri Lansbury, Daniel Welbeck, Nathan Delfouneso and Dean Parrett are all on the plane to the Ukraine, and five of them can expect a starting place, as we take a look at the potential team the Three Lions could send out to face Ukraine, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Amos or Steele will start in goal, and whilst both are highly rated, Steele has the inside track as long-time England youth guardian as well as occasional captain. His experience will be vital and he could take the armband for the team. The back four should see Arsenal’s Gavin Hoyte feature alongside Liverpool’s Martin Kelly, with Kyle Walker and Joe Mattock at full-back. Baker’s ability to play in most defensive roles should allow him to be the spare utility squad defender.
Lansbury is almost a given in midfield and is the likely captain of the team, and main creative outlet. He should be part of a three-man midfield, most likely joined by James and Dan Gosling, although Dean Parrett will have every chance in games where more tenacity is needed. A three-man midfield is considered the most sensible route because of the attacking depth England have selected.
Nile Ranger and Delfouneso were key in the Elite Round of qualifying and should both expect to start, whilst the final place in attack will go down to Victor Moses versus Daniel Welbeck. Welbeck has missed England duty recently because of injury but when healthy is this squad’s best player and could be the difference maker at the business end of the tournament. In reserve, Danny Rose will play in his second international competition of the summer, having finished runner-up in the European Under-21 Championships.
Goalkeepers: Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Ben Amos (Manchester United)
Defenders: Kyle Walker (Sheffield United), Kieran Tripper (Manchester City), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Joe Mattock (Leicester City), Gavin Hoyte (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Matthew James (Manchester United), Daniel Drinkwater (Manchester United), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Dan Gosling (Everton), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur)
Forwards: Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United), Nile Ranger (Newcastle United), Victor Moses (Crystal Palace), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Daniel Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
A full tournament preview will come in the week before the competition kicks off on July 21st, and coverage will continue throughout.