England's Young Lions ready to challenge for places at next year’s Euro Championships

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As we head into another international break, England’s spot at Euro 2016 is guaranteed and there’s something a little more exciting about the prospects of England’s chances at a major tournament next year.

Not only have England looked confident in qualifying, but there is also a bright young crop of players looking to challenge for a place in Roy Hodgson’s final squad next year.

We take a look at the young lions who are capable of making the trip across the channel.


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Joe Gomez - Liverpool

The young left-back has enjoyed a positive start in Premier league so far this season with Liverpool, even despite the Reds' hit-and-miss start, and has looked assured on the ball and defensively solid.

Gomez looks to be something of a bargain for the Merseyside outfit and will have the chance to continue to impress the England coaches should he continue his run in Liverpool's starting XI, especially with Manchester United's Luke Shaw out for six months.

His encouraging performances will give Hodgson some food for thought, with Keiran Gibbs also eyeing up a starting berth next summer.

Jack Grealish - Aston Villa

There’s no doubting the youngster's talent, and with Grealish recently pledging his international future to England, Hodgson will have him in the back of his mind for a spot in his squad for next year.

After photos emerged of Grealish passed out on the street in Tenerife, the Villa midfielder will have to prove that he’s not only the real deal in terms of talent, but also as a professional if he's to warrant a place in France.

Dele Alli - Tottenham

Having joined Spurs in the summer, Alli has gone from strength to strength and is certainly an England youngster to keep an eye on.

His bright start to the campaign has resulted in his first senior call-up for this month’s qualifiers - a quite spectacular achievement given that he's only made a handful of Premier League appearances.

Skilful and not afraid to take on his opposite man, Alli is an exciting midfield option for England next summer.

Jordan Ibe - Liverpool

With Raheem Sterling’s departure to Manchester City in the summer, Ibe has stepped up to the first team and looks to be a player in a similar mould to his former team-mate.

The current exposure to regular Premier League football is allowing Ibe to progress and Hodgson has already mentioned his name for potential selection in the near future. An exciting prospect.

James Ward-Prowse - Southampton

A player who Hodgson has said he ‘likes very much’, Ward-Prowse has been a first team regular for Southampton for a couple of seasons now after breaking into the starting line-up under Nigel Adkins in 2012.

The 20-year-old’s vision and creativity are amongst his stronger traits, although to mount a serious challenge for a place in England's squad he will have to weigh in with more goals, having scored just once for the Saints.

Jack Butland - Stoke City

Although the 22-year-old Stoke goalkeeper has already made his debut for England in 2012, he has since come along in leaps and bounds.

The stand-out performer for Mark Hughes this season, an excellent shot-stopper and commanding in his area, Butland will look to put pressure on Joe Hart for the number one jersey in years to come.

Nathan Redmond - Norwich City

Redmond has been a consistent performer for the Canaries since making his move from Birmingham in 2013, and played a large part in their promotion last year.

As a result of their return to the Premier League, Redmond has the perfect stage to showcase his talent. Quick, strong and good in the final third, Redmond could add to England’s already impressive group of wingers.

Saido Berahino - West Brom

The Baggies managed to keep hold of their star man after a summer rife with speculation that their temperamental striker could be off to Spurs.

And even despite Berahino stating that he would never play for the club again, Tony Pulis looks to be on the road to rebuilding the relationship between the club and player.

An extremely talented young striker who has a real eye for goal and having already received a senior call-up, he will no doubt stake a claim for a spot at next year’s tournament.

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