Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have named their 23-man England squads for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.
Nether Carragher nor Neville have not found a place for Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka or Jesse Lingard in their selections.
And the pair clashed on team form, with Carragher selecting more defenders than Neville despite former Manchester United full-back including Eric Dier.
Carragher and Neville were also divided over whether James Ward-Prowse or Jude Bellingham should be on the squad, and divided over the inclusion of Mason Greenwood.
Gary Neville’s England team at Euro 2020
Neville said: “If you think of John Stones and Harry Maguire playing, Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson playing, or Rice and Kalvin Phillips, and Harry Kane starting up front, he’s a strong, sturdy backbone with all four backs. If Kane had to get injured, and let’s say a Maguire or that guy you’re going to need a whole different type of player because you need that fluidity. If they go to a back three, that means a Phil Foden or a Jack Grealish: I think with Grealish there was a feeling that maybe he didn’t fit the team, but he did enough in those games in November, and I would definitely take it.
“Phillips plays the position really well, alongside Rice in a midfield 2. What Gareth Southgate has been fantastic at, other than doing a great job, is that he has played players in shape and form. position.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool, you would choose him. But his form for England is not as good. He chooses players who have done well for England, and there are very few who have done better for England than for England. their clubs. I think someone like Phillips replicates his club form for England. There are others who do; Jesse Lingard plays well for England , Danny Welbeck was playing better for England than for his club, some players are adapting very well, and he adapted well, he plays the position well and does what Gareth Southgate wants.
“I think Greenwood is a brilliant finisher, if Harry Kane was injured. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, if we play a top team, half an hour before the end we are 1-0, to run the line, the run to shreds, harass them, potentially get a goal, but his finish is a bit erratic.
“If England need a goal, I would bring Greenwood. He’s naturally a better finisher than Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, even though he doesn’t have Sterling’s goals, and he has that quality in the tight spaces in and around the surface.I don’t think there is a natural replacement for Kane, but I do think Greenwood is the only one who can really finish.
“I don’t think Greenwood will be in the squad – even though he has scored seven in his last 10 games. I think Gareth is really steadfast. I think he will use Sterling as a fourth forward.”
“But when you only have Rashford, who is playing on the left, Calvert-Lewin and Kane as natural attackers, my concern is that if Kane gets injured you have two striker-strikers, and against a team that sits. Deep, who will handle the ball?
“You have Grealish up there, Foden in different positions, but I would try to bring in this fourth striker who is a little different. It’s just me. Gareth hasn’t picked Mason since last August or September, since this incident. [breaking Covid-19 protocols in Iceland], and I don’t think he will come in now.
“The reason I put Ward-Prowse on is because he’s exceptional in this area. He’s natural in this area, Gareth had him in the Under-21s, he trusts him, knows that he’ll get into that good channel and he’s a brilliant balloon cruiser. “
Jamie Carragher’s England Euro 2020 team
Carragher said: “There has been a bit of talk the last few days because Grealish was hurt that Gareth Southgate might not choose him, and I think someone at the FA tried to calm that down and fed something up. may gain momentum, a fury that Grealish does not go, but he goes, he has to go – the away game in Belgium, he was the most outstanding player, and he is a special player.
“Bellingham plays for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and I think he’s going to be a star of the future for England. He’s part of the squad where you see them as less involved, but you ‘put them in the team for the future. Not to say he’s not good enough, he plays in the Champions League and will be involved against Manchester City.
“Yes Ward-Prowse is a very good Premier League player, but this boy is playing at a higher level. You would still have Henderson, Rice, Phillips in there right now and he’s a fourth if there is one. urgency. But just having him around, I think he’s a special talent and it would be a talent to take. “
Will Trent Alexander-Arnold be part of the Southgate squad?
Although Neville and Carragher both selected Trent Alexander-Arnold to their squads, they were divided over the prospect of Liverpool right-back being included by Southgate following his recent ousting for the World Cup qualifiers.
“I don’t think he will include it,” Neville said. “I think leaving him in March was a precursor to the summer. I don’t think he would drop this bombshell, I think he was getting everyone used to the idea that this incredible talent wouldn’t maybe surrender. not be at a tournament, unless [Kyle] Walker, [Reece] James or [Kieran] Trippier is injured.
“Last season I hinted on several occasions when I was watching Trent in Liverpool’s most outstanding squad, in an incredible season for him, that there will come a time when he doesn’t get a bit older serious in defense, and don’t bring that intensity into his play, stop crosses, stop shots on goal, stop people scoring in his area, eventually there will come a time when the question of whether I get enough of him will come. this way to cover what I “I lose this way.”
But Carragher was adamant Alexander-Arnold’s unique qualities mean he must be selected.
“He’s a unique talent, he’s not the same as the other full-backs. Most full-backs, even the forwards, the bigger ones up front, go up and down in a straight line. It’s Kevin. De Bruyne, who plays right-back, he’s different.
“I want to watch the exceptional performance he had in an England shirt a few years ago against Switzerland.
“When you talk about the areas where you want him on the ball, I would like him more than anyone in Europe. Harry Kane would want him on the ball there too, Raheem Sterling too. We haven’t seen enough of that. him in an England shirt, I get it. But Southgate has to find a way to put him on the ball. You can talk about players bumping into him, but his own players, Sterling and Kane, whoever from other. back, will want him on the ball, in that position, more than anyone in the country. “
But why not Sancho, Saka or Lingard?
Carragher and Neville had to make tough decisions, Sancho, Saka and Lingard, three of the most prominent names, to miss their teams.
“Jadon Sancho is playing at a very high level and his numbers are off the scale with Borussia Dortmund,” Carragher said.
“I’ve never been fully convinced with an England shirt yet and with the emergence of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish in the top three someone must have been missing.
“Saka, I wanted him to be in it. He can play so many positions and that in the eyes of some people might be a strength. But for me it was almost a weakness.”
“At first I had it before [Ben] Chilwell, but I was thinking, if Luke Shaw got injured in Game 1, would you really want Saka, who sometimes plays on the right wing, as a left-back in a back four? I looked at this and think I went for the safer option. “
Neville echoed Carragher’s feelings on Sancho and also felt similar about Saka.
“I love Saka but who would you leave out?” This is the question you must ask yourself. Do you want to leave Grealish out? Do you want to leave Foden aside? Do you want to leave? [Mason] Ascend? No I will not. “
Neville thinks it’s too risky to include Saka as a replacement left-back given he doesn’t play the role regularly.
“We’re going to have to go through these games against the high opposition with less ball, and I just think having a defender who isn’t a defender most of the time isn’t something Gareth is going to do. not. take that risk. “
About Lingard, Carragher said: “I just think that with Mount, Foden and Grealish, not exactly the same but these types of players, I couldn’t leave one behind.
“Lingard probably has the energy and the pace, but I couldn’t get him in.”
Neville added, “I came to the same conclusion. If you have Mount, Grealish, Sterling and Foden, you have enough players who can play in that connection position and play that role.”
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England group schedule for Euro 2020:
- Sunday June 13 – Group D: England vs Croatia; Kick-off at 2 p.m. (London)
- Friday June 18 – Group D: England vs Scotland; Kick-off 8 p.m. (London)
- Tuesday 22 June – Group D: Czech Republic against England; Kick-off 8 p.m. (London)
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