England's best starting XI without using players from the Premier League's top six

Gareth Southgate has a wealth of talent at his disposal

Gareth Southgate's impact as England manager has been nothing but positive.

There was huge scepticism from fans when the former Middlesborough manager was handed the job after Sam Allardyce's controversial dismissal.

Many believed his ideas would be boring and stale, despite his success with England's U21 side.

But his knowledge of the Three Lions setup and flexible attitude towards his playing style and formation has really paid dividends.

After reaching the World Cup semi-final in 2018 with a pretty average looking squad, there is now a belief that England can win Euro 2020.

Sancho and Sterling are two of England's young stars

That's mainly due to the fact that a number of new, exciting English players have revealed themselves to the world in the past 12 months or so.

The likes of Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham now make the current England squad look like one of the best in the world.

Such is the wealth of quality available to the Three Lions that Southgate could create a brilliant England match day squad without using any players from Premier League's top six.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United have long been the source of talent for English football.

Southgate no longer has to rely on the PL top six

But things have changed, as you can see below.


Starting XI (4-3-3):

Jordan Pickford, Ryan Fredericks, Lewis Dunk, Tyrone Mings, Ben Chilwell, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, James Maddsion, Jadon Sancho, Callum Wilson, Harvey Barnes


Nick Pope, Tom Heaton, Conor Coady, Michael Keane, Max Aarons, Jack Grealish, Sean Longstaff, Dwight McNeill, Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings

England's XI without using the top six

It really is an exciting time to be an England fan.

Not only is there so much talent outside the established elite, but the Premier League's top six are also nurturing some eye-catching young talent of their own.

Abraham, Mount, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Phil Foden and many, many more will all be in and around the England setup for years to come.

For the first time in decades, the Three Lions are bridging the talent gap to the likes of Germany, France, Spain and Brazil.

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