Danny Welbeck in; Jamie Vardy out - predicating England's 23-man Euro 2016 squad

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England rounded off their impressive Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Lithuania on Monday night, maintaining their 100% win record in Group E.

Now, attention will turn to preparing for next year's finals in France and deciding who will make the 23-man squad for the tournament.

Roy Hodgson faces quite the dilemma when picking his squad given the rise of England's youth, but here's what the squad could look like for the European Championships:


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England’s number one started nine of the ten Euro 2016 qualifiers and is certain to be on the plane to France. Jack Butland will push him hard but expect the Manchester City ‘keeper to be between the sticks at the finals.

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Continues to impress for Stoke and with Fraser Forster out for the season, he will surely go to the European Championships as England’s number two.


The West Brom goalkeeper is close to a return and is likely to regain his place in the England set-up. Burnley's Tom Heaton is also a capable shot-stopper, but his lack of Premier League football could be his downfall.



He might be struggling in a Chelsea shirt, but his performance levels have not dropped playing for his country. England’s vice-captain offers plenty of experience and is a sure starter at next year's tournament.


Phil Jones and Stones will likely compete for a place in next summer's squad and it's difficult to predict who will get the nod. Both offer versatility in their ability to play both centre-back and right-back, but given that the latter is certain to get regular club football, this should see him picked ahead of the Manchester United defender.


Right-back has been a problematic position for England and even now, Hodgson is hardly blessed with options there, but in Clyne England have a reliable defender capable of contributing to attacks. His transfer to Liverpool will secure him a regular starting spot with England, so expect him to make the position his own in the coming months.


Failed to impress at last summer’s World Cup finals but his experience will probably see him selected for the final 23-man squad. He might not have featured this season, but with Luke Shaw unlikely to be fit, the Everton full-back will likely resume his role in the starting XI.


At 33-years-old, Jagielka is coming towards the end of his international career meaning Euro 2016 will likely be his last tournament with England. His inclusion in France is undoubted, but with plenty of youthful competition at centre-back he risks losing his starting berth.


The United centre-back continues to grow in confidence and is the frontrunner to partner Cahill next summer. The 25-year-old's improved composure and reliability gives England fans hope that he can form a solid partnership with the Chelsea man.


The optimist would pick Shaw, and it would be great to see the United defender make the finals - but it looks unlikely. There is no shortage of competition at left-back, though. Kieran Gibbs and Bertrand are the frontrunners to play back-up left-back, with West Ham's Aaron Cresswell also deserving of a shout, though Bertrand will likely make the journey given that Gibbs continues to warm the bench for Arsenal.



A regular under Hodgson, Sterling can be extremely dangerous at his best. The 20-year-old needs to work on his finishing and general play, but there can be little doubt over his place in the squad.


Jonjo Shelvey may have featured in the last two England squads, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Delph take his place next summer, providing he is injury-free. Many will see that as an injustice, but playing for a bigger club might see Delph board that plane.


The winger still isn't featuring as regularly as he would like for Arsenal and has been hot and cold for England in recent months. The 22-year-old is undoubtedly a talent, though, and after missing out on the 2014 World Cup he’ll be desperate to make it to France.


The youngster is starting to show greater consistency which is good news for both Everton and England. The midfielder was terrific in England’s final two qualifiers and if he can come through some difficult friendlies later this year, he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.


Another ruled out of the most recent squad through injury, this is a huge season for Henderson. The Liverpool midfielder has made great strides in the last two years and will hope to continue in the same fashion under new manager Jurgen Klopp. As the best central midfielder at England's disposal, it’s crucial he’s fit next summer.


You can always use a player with the tireless work-rate that Milner possesses. He’s by no means world-class, but he will run himself into the ground for the team - it’s a no-brainer to take him.


The 23-year-old midfielder has had a stop-start career plagued by injury, but if fit he is certain to be on the plane because he is technically excellent. However, it’s impossible to guarantee his fitness given his woeful record with injuries.


There are doubts over where he’ll fit into Klopp's team at Liverpool, but Lallana is a safe bet for next year’s finals. He looked good on Monday night, albeit against poor opposition, but with strong competition in midfield he’s far from assured of a starting berth.



His performances so far this season have been poor for a player of his standards, but Rooney has had difficult spells in the past and always come through them. As England’s captain and record goalscorer, his seat on the plane is secure regardless of his form at club level, not to mention a role in the Three Lions' starting XI.


A one-season wonder? The jury’s still out over Kane, who’s made a slow start to the new campaign. There’s a feeling that a flurry of goals is on the horizon for the Tottenham striker, though, with the 22-year-old already making a name for himself with England.


Often criticised down the years, but the Englishman is showing signs that he is in fact capable of leading the line for Arsenal. Walcott was listed as a forward in the most recent squad and whilst he’s unlikely to feature as central striker, he will definitely make the final 23.


A fully-fit Sturridge might just be the best striker that Hodgson can call upon. The England manager will hope his Liverpool striker can get a run of games in the Reds' team ahead of Euro 2016 - if he does so, you wouldn't bet against him being first-choice striker come next summer.


Another injustice is on the cards here. Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has made an exceptional start to the season, but no matter how well he does it’s difficult to see him making the final 23. Arsenal striker Welbeck is set to return in the New Year and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him creep in, undeservedly, ahead of the Foxes striker.

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