I started following the 3 Lions of England just after Euro 2000 which held in Belgium and the Netherlands. I can’t explain the love I have for this team despite the many heartbreaks they have given me. They are the Arsenal of National Teams, perpetual heartbreakers and if there are still people supporting Arsenal I might as well just deal with the English National Team. Even after dumping them (for 3 months) when they were eliminated by Iceland at the 2016 Euros, my friends and family were having none of it. They still tagged me a die hard fan of the English National Team.
I was however impressed by their semi-final posting at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Can they go one better by getting to the final of the Euros this year? I digress. The most painful game of my English National team journey has to be the quarter final game against Brazil at the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup where the 3 Lions lost 2:1.
Coming up with my preferred 26 man army that would represent England at the Euros was difficult as I have left out some really good players This has to be the most difficult compilation for me.
- Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
- Nick Pope (Burnley)
- Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion)
- Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
- John Stones (Manchester City)
- Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)
- Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
- Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
- Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)
- Trent-Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)
- Declan Rice (West Ham United)
- James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
- Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)
- Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
- Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
- Mason Mount (Chelsea)
- Jadon Sancho (Dortmund)
- Jude Bellingham (Dortmund)
- Phil Foden (Manchester City)
- Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
- Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
- Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
- Patrick Bamford (Leeds)
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
I would have loved to add Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa after having a fantastic season. Jesse Lingard of Manchester United also deserves a mention after having a great 5 month spell with West Ham on loan.