In our England: Euro 2016 team preview, we look ahead to this summer’s tournament and preview England’s chances of advancing in the competition, as well as looking at the team’s roster and schedule.
England: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Captain: Wayne Rooney
England: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Saturday, June 11
Thursday, June 16
Monday, June 20
England: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Betrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
England: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Is that a glint of positivity emanating from the England cap? After a few years of self-loathing following the demise of the ill-fated golden generation, a squad refreshed by some new faces and young stars will head to France.
Hodgson’s team won all 10 of their qualifying matches, an achievement which many shrugged their shoulders at due to the calibre of opponent. Even so, getting into a winning habit can only be positive and the 3-2 win in a recent friendly in Germany—a game in which England were 2-0 down at one stage—showed they can mix it with the very best.
It’ll be the first time a lot of the star players from this new version of the side have featured in a major tournament too. Goalkeeper Joe Hart and captain Rooney will likely make up an experienced spine, although there’s genuine excitement about what the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy can bring to the table after exceptional seasons.
The forward line is evidently the strength of this England side. There’s depth all over the final third, with the likes of Vardy, Sturridge and Ross Barkley all likely to be used as potential impact substitutes. Jack Wilshere’s inclusion in the squad despite starting just one Premier League match this season has split opinion, but if he performs, the Arsenal man can make England tick.