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Euro 2016: Who's on England's plane for and who's got work to do?

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Euro 2016 is getting ever closer and the competition for places in the England squad is fierce. As usual, England manager Roy Hodgson must slim the national pool down to a 23-man squad. So with the Euros just five months away, which players have already secured their place in the squad and who still has work to do?

GOALKEEPERS

ON THE PLANE:

JOE HART

England's number one has been ever-present under Hodgson and is more assured of a spot than anyone else. He's a certain starter despite the impressive form of Jack Butland.

JACK BUTLAND

It's hard to believe that this is Butland's first season as a Premier League regular. The 22-year-old has been simply outstanding in the last few months and is arguably the best shot-stopper in the country right now. He's more than earned his seat on the plane, although he will probably serve as back up.

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WORK TO DO:

BEN FOSTER:

The West Brom 'keeper has only recently returned from a long-term injury and now faces a race against time to make the plane. However at 32-years-old Hodgson may look to younger options regardless.

FRASER FORSTER

Another who has only recently returned to fitness but will fancy his chances of making the Euros. The Southampton stopper was fantastic last season and if he can reproduce that kind of form then he will surely be England's third 'keeper.

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OUTSIDER:

TOM HEATON

Heaton has been making the squad in the absence of Foster and Forster but his place at the Euros is in doubt. While he has proven himself to be an accomplished shot-stopper, a lack of Premier League football will likely work against him.

DEFENDERS

ON THE PLANE:

CHRIS SMALLING

The Manchester United defender has stepped up to the plate this season and will no doubt have a starting berth at Euro 2016 in his sights. Hodgson would have little reason to deny him it.

GARY CAHILL

He may not be in the best of form for Chelsea but Cahill's place in the squad is not at risk. At 30-years-old Cahill offers bags of experience and this will be enough to secure his spot, even if his performances have been below par.

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PHIL JAGIELKA

A favourite of Hodgson, the veteran centre-half is another who offers plenty of experience. It seems unlikely that he will be a starter but his place in the squad is all but guaranteed.

JOHN STONES

The young centre-back continues to impress and has virtually nailed down his place in the England squad. While he is prone to the occasional mistake there is no doubting his quality and he's certainly a great prospect for the future.

LEIGHTON BAINES

Baines has been selected by Hodgson whenever he's been fit so it would be no surprise to see the 31-year-old go straight back in following his return to fitness. As the most experienced option available, a place in the starting 11 is also likely.

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NATHANIEL CLYNE

He may be part of a less than convincing Liverpool defence but there is no doubting that Clyne is now England's first choice right-back.

KYLE WALKER

Walker's place looks assured due to the lack of other options at right-back. Granted the likes of Joel Ward and even Glen Johnson have impressed this season but a call up for them is unlikely.

WORK TO DO:

PHIL JONES

Jones continues to have his injury problems at United. While Smalling has stepped up to the plate, Jones has yet to deliver on his apparent potential. The 23-year-old's place in the squad must be in doubt.

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LUKE SHAW

Shaw is reported to be making good progress following his terrible leg break. If he is indeed ahead of schedule it would be good news for England as he had become an important player prior to his injury.

RYAN BERTRAND

The most likely to benefit from Shaw's potential omission from the squad. The left-back was superb last season and although this campaign hasn't been quite as good he would still be an excellent backup for Leighton Baines.

KIERAN GIBBS

Should be nowhere near the squad considering his lack of first team football, but Gibbs continues to be picked by Hodgson. A move away from Arsenal would be beneficial to him.

OUTSIDERS:

AARON CRESSWELL

The West Ham defender can consider himself unlucky not to have received a call-up by now. Hodgson has ignored the full-back for so long that it's difficult to see him getting a place.

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DANNY ROSE

Has struggled to break into the England squad and his time is rapidly running out. It's clear that there are several left-backs ahead of him in the pecking order.

MIDFIELDERS

ON THE PLANE:

JORDAN HENDERSON

Hodgson will have been happy to see the Liverpool midfielder return to fitness. Prior to his injury, he looked a certain starter for England however others have impressed in his absence. He will hope he can recapture his best form in order to earn a starting place.

JACK WILSHERE

A guaranteed starter providing he can recover from injury in time for the tournament. There is no doubting the midfielder's ability and it is unfortunate that he's been so unlucky with injuries.

JAMES MILNER

The multi-functional midfielder has hardly set the world alight at Liverpool but a squad can always use a versatile player like him.

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ROSS BARKLEY

Though he's still rather inconsistent, on his day Barkley is wonderful to watch. It would be good to see Hodgson throw caution to the wind and give the Everton midfielder a few starts at the Euros.

ADAM LALLANA

The Liverpool man has been regularly selected by Hodgson and there is no reason to suspect that that will change now.

RAHEEM STERLING

The 21-year-old has done reasonably well since he made the switch to Manchester City and is certain of a place at Euro 2016. Despite the emergence of some exciting young talent, he will likely retain his starting spot.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

Still not receiving the kind of game time he would like at Arsenal but still very much in Hodgson's plans. Quite where he will fit into the England team is unclear but he will certainly be in the 23.

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WORK TO DO:

JONJO SHELVEY

Shelvey was widely praised following his England debut but has gone off the boil in recent months. Something clearly went on behind the scenes at Swansea, resulting in a transfer to Newcastle. There is no doubting that he has the ability, but does he have the temperament?

DELE ALLI

Many will feel that he's already earned his spot but Hodgson is known for being cautious so the youngster cannot afford to relax. The 19-year-old has made a surprising impact at Spurs and it would be a positive move if he's given a chance at Euro 2016.

ERIC DIER

Dier has the advantage of being able to play at centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield which may help him make the plane. However, if he's being considered as a midfielder then his place is uncertain. Would he hold up in a major international tournament?

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FABIAN DELPH

Looked to be nailing down an England starting spot but has struggled with injuries of late. Contrary to popular belief, he has received chances at Manchester City and is starting to make an impression at the Etihad.

MICHAEL CARRICK

The 34-year-old has once again been in and out of the United team due to injury. Hodgson will certainly be looking to start with younger legs but Carrick could still sneak into the squad.

OUTSIDERS:

ANDROS TOWNSEND

He's been frozen out at Spurs and, as a result, looks unlikely to make the Euros. Hodgson has selected him in the past based purely on his performances for his country, will he do so again?

RYAN MASON

Since his injury, Mason has been overshadowed by his teammate Dele Alli and it's now difficult to see him making Hodgson's 23.

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JESSE LINGARD

This kid clearly has talent but his first England call-up came far too soon. Without a senior cap, he's probably not ready for the Euros.

FORWARDS

ON THE PLANE:

WAYNE ROONEY

As England captain, he will be on the plane regardless of form. He's been terrible this season but there are signs that he's returning to form. Just in time to inevitably disappoint everyone at the Euros...

HARRY KANE

Not bad for a 'one season wonder' is he? The forward has been crucial for Tottenham once again this season and has more than earned a place in the squad.

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THEO WALCOTT

The Arsenal man was listed as a forward in the last England squad and although he's unlikely to feature as a central striker for England he is certain to earn a place in the squad.

WORK TO DO:

JAMIE VARDY

It would be the stuff of dreams if Vardy was on the plane to France this summer. As the highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League, he may already have done enough to earn a place. Though, he is yet to prove himself on the international stage so will hope to maintain his form in the second half of the season.

DANIEL STURRIDGE

You can't talk about Sturridge without mentioning injuries. When he's fit he's probably the best forward at Hodgson's disposal, but he's simply too injury prone. If the 26-year-old is fit then he'll probably make the squad, but that's a big if.

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OUTSIDERS:

CHARLIE AUSTIN

Amazingly Austin did not earn an England cap during his sensational 2014/15 campaign. When he stayed at QPR in the summer his chance of a Euro 2016 place appeared to be gone. A move to Southampton will give him the chance to once again prove himself, but it may be too little too late.

DANNY WELBECK

Welbeck appears to have disappeared off the face of the Earth. Indeed, the Arsenal striker is hardly mentioned these days. He's reported to be close to a return but others will have a much stronger case for selection than him.

ANDY CARROLL

In terms of aerial presence, England needn't look any further than Andy Carroll. Despite his injury woes, he continues to be touted for the national team. While he's fantastic in the air, he wouldn't offer much else which means the more technically gifted forwards will be ahead of him.

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