England manager Gareth Southgate will name his squad for the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Thursday.
Speculation suggests Chelsea starlet Mason Mount could get his first call-up having impressed in his three appearances for the Blues this season.
The Three Lions currently top their group on goal difference thanks to their thumping 5-0 win against Czech Republic and could fire themselves well clear of their opponents with two victories at the start of September.
Southgate, though, can expect plenty of scrutiny about his squad with huge selection dilemmas throughout the group.
James Maddison’s good form continues despite the England boss’ seeming unwillingness to pick the Leicester ace, while at right Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Kieran Trippier have all started well.
It promises to be a fascinating squad reveal but how would the 25-man group look if it was picked on statistics from the 2019/20 season?
Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve looked at the best English stars according WhoScored.com and made our selection based on their ratings (out of 10) – and there are some big shocks…
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Nick Pope (Burnley) – 7.10
Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 6.64
Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – 6.55
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) – 7.29
Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) – 7.23
Solly March (Brighton) – 7.13
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – 6.86
Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) – 7.42
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – 7.39
Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – 7.32
Ben Mee (Burnley) – 7.31
Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United) – 7.14
Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 7.73
James Maddison (Leicester City) – 7.50
Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – 7.12
Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – 6.99
John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – 6.89
Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) – 6.95
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 8.57
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 8.29
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – 8.12
Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – 7.23
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 7.21
Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – 6.98
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Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ disastrous own goal and Luis Suarez’s last-minute winner saw Arsenal lose 2-1 to Barcelona in their final pre-season match.
Arsenal took the lead in the Joan Gamper Trophy game at the Camp Nou thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s drive into the top corner from just inside the box.
The home side dominated much of the play but found it difficult to create clear-cut chances in the absence of captain Lionel Messi.
Messi addressed the Barca fans before kick-off and said he did not regret vowing he and his team-mates would do everything to bring the Champions League back to Catalonia ahead of last year’s Gamper.
This year, he assured the club would compete for all the biggest prizes again this term but sat the game out due to his participation in the Copa America this summer.
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Barcelona’s major signing of the summer Antoine Griezmann had an effort ruled out for offside and received a warm applause from the 98,812-strong crowd when he came off on 78 minutes.
At that stage they were level as Maitland-Niles intercepted a loose ball into the Arsenal area and, without looking, played a pass back towards goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who had moved off his line.
Gunners defender Sokratis Papsatathopolous frantically raced back to clear the ball away but to no avail – the goal mirroring that of former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier who inadvertently put the ball past Hugo Lloris in a defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in March.
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The same Lichtsteiner who was responsible for us dropping points in the reverse fixture starts again. I don't know what went during training yesterday but this is not good. We will win today but with a struggle
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