On Tuesday, UEFA announced that Euro 2020 would be postponed 12 months and become Euro 2021 in order to give domestic leagues every chance to finish their season.
With the tournament set to be held in 12 cities across Europe – with infrastructure already built – it was a straight forward decision to make.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said: “We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent. It is at times like these that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.
“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and, in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football. There was a real spirit of cooperation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.”
Now, nations have an extra year to prepare for the tournament.
And that, naturally, means that the 23-man squads are going to look a little different than they would have done this summer.
Therefore, GMS have decided to try and predict Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of next summer’s tournament.
While it’s going to be largely the same, there will be an extra 12 months for players to impress – and it might just be the big difference.
Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
These three goalkeepers looked set to be selected for Euro 2020 and we can’t see it changing too much in the next 12 months. However, if Jordan Pickford continues to make mistakes, he could well be replaced by Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ben Chilwell, Brandon Williams, Harry Maguire, Joe Gomez, John Stones, Ben Godfrey
Trent- Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be even better by next year and are set to battle it out for the right-back slot. Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell and Brandon Williams – if the latter can replace Luke Shaw at Manchester United – could be the left-back option. Harry Maguire and Joe Gomez are likely to be the starting centre-back options, while John Stones – who may need a move away from City in the summer – and Norwich’s Ben Godfrey providing back-up.
Jordan Henderson, Phil Foden, James Maddison, Harry Winks, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Either Jordan Henderson or Harry Winks will be expected to play the No.6 role, while Phil Foden, James Maddison and Jack Grealish will all benefit with another season of Premier League football. Mason Mount and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provide decent competition.
Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho
Now, this is something for England fans to be excited about. You’d imagine Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho would all be even better in the summer of 2021. Meanwhile, Harry Kane will *probably* be fully fit while Raheem Sterling will hopefully be back to his best form.
Who misses out?
As mentioned, Ramsdale would probably be England’s fourth choice goalkeeper when Euro 2021 rolls around.
In defence, the likes of Tyrone Mings, Chris Smalling, Axel Tuanzebe and Fikayo Tomori miss out at centre-back, while Shaw might just be edged out by Williams at left-back. There’s no room for Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier at right-back.
In midfield, there’s no place for Declan Rice or Dele Alli but decent performances in the 2020/21 season could change that. Meanwhile, if Kalvin Phillips is playing Premier League football, he could be called up by Southgate.
In attack, we feel Tammy Abraham will be replaced by Greenwood in the England squad having already lost his place in the Chelsea line-up. There’s also an argument for Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka to deserve a place if he continues to impress for Arsenal.
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