Wednesday, February 21

Southgate in a selection dilemma

England and Gareth Southgate has a lot of dilemma about the selection of England National Football team this year.

Even though the European Championship got postponed the hype still remains. England boss Southgate will have vast options while going into this tournament. Especially the uncapped players from all over England have done so well it’ll be a tough job for him. Few uncapped players who have done extremely well this season are James Justin (Leicester), Olie Watkins (Aston Villa), Patrick Bamford (Leeds), and Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal).

Justin has benched Ricardo Pereira this season. Pereira who was in top form last season was injured since the beginning of the season and was thought to be back in the lineup once he gets fit. But Justin’s performance was so good that he cannot be benched.

As things stand, James Justin may be knocking on the door with the greatest power, and his versatility gives him a rather reasonable shot. If there is one role in which reinforcements are not needed for England. Justin has played every minute of Leicester City’s PL game this season and however has competition from Aaron Wan Bissaka as well.

Olie Watkins has been a standout performer for Aston Villa this season. His partnership with Grealish is something even rival fans would talk about. Watkins already has 10 goals this season and his stats are bolstering. As much as he is a talented player in his own right, this willingness to go the extra mile for his team has been absolutely central to the remarkable advancement of Villa this season. On numerous occasions, Dean Smith has said that the press and involvement of Watkins is, in his view, unparalleled in the division.

Patrick Bamford is another player that could give competition to Olie Watkins as a center-forward. He already has 12 goals and doesn’t seem to be stopping. In the Championship, many Leeds fans did not believe Bamford was fit for purpose, let alone the Premier League. He had struggled to make an impact in brief spells in the top flight before this season. Bamford is a very clever player and his positioning is undoubtedly on the best in the league. He may seem wasteful at times but his finishing isn’t that bad either.

It is no surprise that Emile Smith Rowe has transformed Arsenal after his match against Chelsea. His passing and vision seem to be too good for a 20-year-old. He knows how to keep the ball, play it around, create space from the tight position, and has excellent one-touch passing skills.

He will definitely be facing competition from Phill Foden and James Maddison too. Southgate hasn’t used no.10 in his formation lately but Smithe Rowe can play as a no.8 too and seems unlikely that Southgate will miss out on a talent like him.

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