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Starting XI of England hopefuls yet to establish themselves on the international stage

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On the opening weekend of the Premier League this season, only a third of starters were eligible to play for England (73/220), according to the Daily Mail.

This figure largely fluctuates season-to-season, but it remains the case that it has never been easier to get an England call-up, epitomised by Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard's introduction into the international set up.

However, there are a large number of players who have never been given their chance to shine for the Three Lions, and with Euro 2016 only months away, here's a starting XI of such players who could yet be afforded the chance to make it next summer.

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ALEX MCCARTHY

Whilst Joe Hart and Jack Butland will be England’s first two goalkeepers in France next year, the third spot is up for grabs.

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And with Fraser Forster out with a long-term injury, Crystal Palace’s McCarthy is the only other English goalkeeper to have featured regularly in the Premier League this season and has been largely impressive at Selhurst Park.

AARON CRESSWELL

The West Ham left-back has been overlooked for England, but if recent performances are anything to go by he should certainly be in with a chance of a call up.

The 25-year-old has made more blocks and interceptions than Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand combined, both of whom currently ahead of him in the pecking order. He has also chipped in with three assists in the league this season, showing he can be a threat going forward too.

RYAN SHAWCROSS

Stoke City’s captain won his only England cap to date in a friendly against Sweden in 2012, but has barely received a look-in since.

The 28-year-old returned from injury recently and has played just twice so far this season, putting in impressive performances each time.

SCOTT DANN

The 28-year-old won Crystal Palace's Player of the Year award last season and has continued his form into this campaign, proving a rock at the heart of the Eagles' defence.

BRENDAN GALLOWAY

The Zimbabwean-born 19-year-old has performed well in Leighton Baines’ absence from the Everton side.

The versatile defender can play anywhere along the back and despite not yet playing for England Under-21s has shown he can cut it at the top.

JORDAN IBE

Liverpool’s 19-year-old winger is certainly one for the future.

His manager, the eccentric Jurgen Klopp, is starting to play him more and he is moving from strength to strength. Featuring mostly from the bench, his pace, skill and ability to take on defenders has proved particularly impressive.

JASON PUNCHEON

After playing for ten different clubs in ten years, the 29-year-old has now settled at Palace and is playing his best football to date.

Puncheon is comfortable playing through the middle or on either flank and is especially adept at taking on opponents.

JAMES WARD-PROWSE

The Under-21s captain has already made over 80 Premier League appearances for Southampton, making him vastly more experienced than other members in the current England squad, such as Dele Alli or Ryan Mason.

His passing is a particular trait that could prove vital for England amidst their search for a new playmaker.

NATHAN REDMOND

The 21-year-old has been one of Norwich City’s best players so far this season. His four goals make him the top scoring English midfielder in the Premier League, and with 25 caps for the Under-21s, he is more than ready to make the step to the senior team.

TROY DEENEY

Captain of Watford, the 27-year-old is embarking on his first season in the Premier League after scoring almost 66 goals over three seasons in the Championship.

He only has two goals to his name this season but has still put in strong performances, proving an able striker to hold up the ball and link up play between the midfield and attack.

SAIDO BERAHINO

Subject of a £20 million bid from Tottenham Hotspur in August, the 22-year-old has scored ten goals for the Under-21s – only two players have ever scored more.

West Brom’s leading man has already been a member of an England squad and if he continues to play well - or better yet, secure a move to a better team - he could be in contention for a place in the Euro 2016 squad.

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