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England's best possible XI for the European Championship this summer | Euro 2020 Watch

  • A look at the best XI that England could play in the Euro 2020.
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Modified 10 Mar 2020, 11:04 IST

Full-backs - Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) and Ben Chilwell (LB)

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold

England have an embarrassment of riches at right-back and boast of arguably the best set of players in the position. Kieran Trippier has been fairly consistent since moving to Atletico Madrid from Tottenham, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been solid for the Red Devils and Kyle Walker has been a vital player for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

However, the player who has the biggest claim on the right-back spot is Liverpool's young sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 21-year-old has been magnificent for the Reds for the past two seasons and has only improved further this season. He has good pace and is now known around the world for his spot-on crosses and accurate long and diagonal passes.

The Reds defender has already equalled his record-breaking tally of 12 assists in the Premier League with 9 games to go. Although not the most solid defensively, he does not shy away from his duties in his own half of the field and he more than makes up for any defensive frailty with his attacking play.

With England having good finishers like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, Alexander-Arnold's pin-point crosses might prove to be very productive for the side. The Liverpool right-back is also a dead-ball specialist which is always a useful quality needed to win tight games.

Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell

Partnering Alexander-Arnold at full-back will be Leicester City's Ben Chilwell. Chilwell may not be as proficient going forward as Alexander-Arnold in terms of numbers but it may be because of the way the Foxes use their full-backs as compared to Liverpool.

The left-back, however, has a good left foot with which he tends to put in dangerous balls into the box and can also help with the set-piece duties. He is quick, strong and is also good aerially, something that is not usually associated with full-backs.

England aren't as well stacked in the left-back position as they are at right-back with Danny Rose and Luke Shaw being extremely inconsistent for their clubs. However, in any case, Chilwell is a top-class player and would be the first choice left-back for most teams in the world.



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Published 10 Mar 2020, 11:04 IST
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