With UEFA Euro 2020 around the corner, the participating nations are starting to release the squad list for the tournament with England having one of the most complete squads.
The much-anticipated England squad was recently announced by manager Gareth Southgate. 33 players have been named in the provisional squad, with seven players set to miss out on Euro 2020.
There have been some controversial calls by Southgate, but given England's talent pool that is not a big surprise. There was always going to be criticism aimed at Southgate given England's strength and depth.
We look at the 5 biggest stars left out of England's provisional squad for Euro 2020.
#5 Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa)
Aston Villa enjoyed a good first-half of the 2020/21 season, with Dean Smith's men tailing off as the season progressed.
But two players stood out for Aston Villa throughout the campaign. Jack Grealish and centre-back Ezri Konsa were the star performers for the Villans, and Konsa was one of the best centre-backs in the league this season. The 23-year old, who joined Aston Villa from Brentford for £12 million in 2019, formed a strong defensive partnership with Tyrone Mings for his club. While Mings has been named in the Euro 2020 provisional squad, Konsa misses out.
Konsa can operate as a right-back if needed as well, and made 36 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa this season, scoring two goals. The former Charlton Athletic man has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool recently and could have been a good backup centre-back for England at Euro 2020.
#4 Danny Ings (Southampton)
Danny Ings has been Southampton's star player since joining the club in 2018 from Liverpool.
The striker has been in excellent form for the Saints since his arrival. Last season Ings scored 22 league goals for Southampton and has fitted in perfectly at the club under the management of Ralph Hasenhuttl.
He would surely have been in the squad for Euro 2020 had the tournament been held last year. This season Ings made 29 Premier League appearances, scoring 12 goals and providing four assists for a struggling Southampton side.
The 28-year old has been linked with a plethora of top clubs as a result of his performances. Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are all said to be interested in his services. Ings could have been a useful player to utilize from the bench for England at Euro 2020.
#3 Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
England manager Gareth Southgate's decision to not pick Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka for Euro 2020 has raised eyebrows.
Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United from Crystal Palace in 2019 for £49.5 million, is one of the best defenders in the league. The 23-year old might have his limitations in attack, but his incredible defensive capabilities could have come useful at a tournament like Euro 2020.
The right-back made 34 appearances in the league for Manchester United, scoring two goals and providing four assists. An excellent tackler, Wan-Bissaka's absence from England's Euro 2020 squad could prove to be costly.
#2 James Maddison (Leicester City)
A highly-creative and talented attacking midfielder, James Maddison has not been named in Gareth Southgate's provisional England squad for Euro 2020.
Long touted to become one of the best players in the Premier League, Maddison has been one of the key players for Leicester City since his arrival from Norwich City in 2018. The 24-year old has impressed with his performances for the Foxes, although the 2020/21 season was plagued with injuries for Maddison.
The former Coventry City midfielder made 24 starts in the league for Leicester City, scoring eight goals and providing five assists. With Chelsea's Mason Mount, Manchester City's Phil Foden and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish all named in the Euro 2020 squad, Maddison's absence from the England squad is a harsh but understandable call
#1 Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan: On loan from Chelsea)
While it was good to see Everton's Ben Godfrey and Brighton & Hove Albion's Ben White get named in the provisional England squad for Euro 2020, the absence of Fikayo Tomori has been difficult to understand.
Tomori has been phenomenal since joining AC Milan on loan from Chelsea in January this year. The 23-year old was a consistent starter for the Italian giants during the second-half of the season, making 17 Serie A appearances and helping AC Milan finish 2nd in the league table.
AC Milan are said to be extremely interested in signing Tomori permanently. Good on the ball and strong defensively, the centre-back deserved to be on the Euro 2020 England squad list.
Apart from Manchester United's Harry Maguire and Manchester City's John Stones, Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings, Wolverhampton Wanderers' Conor Coady, White and Godfrey are the centre-backs named by England manager Southgate in the provisional squad for Euro 2020.
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