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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The Brazilian has been a key reason for Liverpool’s title challenge this season.
His arrival has solved the goalkeeping problem that was causing Jurgen Klopp considerable worry in recent seasons and he has the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season with 15.
Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United – 2790 minutes)
It was a masterstroke from Rafael Benitez to sign the Slovakian when he did, as he is now one of the Premier League’s most consistent goalkeepers and the interest from some of Europe’s elite, such as Juventus, is a testament to his talent and growing reputation.
Lukasz Fabianski – (West Ham – 2790 minutes)
The Hammers could not have asked for a more reliable player between the sticks.
Fabianski has only missed three matches in the past five seasons, four of those with Swansea City and he has already featured in every match for West Ham this campaign.
Luka Milivojević (Crystal Palace – 2700 minutes)
While Wilfried Zaha is rightly considered the Eagles most influential player, Milivojević is not too far behind himself, in terms of importance and is enjoying another impressive season.
The Serbian controls the tempo in midfield and is one of the most efficient penalty takers in world football.
Now in his second season at the Etihad, Ederson looks as if he has been playing in the Premier League for much longer, such is the ease with which he plays.
Comfortable with the ball at his feet, a modern essential to play in goal, it could be another season he finishes with a league title.
David De Gea (Manchester United – 2700 minutes)
The introduction in recent seasons of Ederson and Alisson to the Premier League has increased the competition among the Premier League’s goalkeepers, but for some De Gea still remains the best.
On his day he is capable of incredible stops and has proved time and time again to be virtually unbeatable. Just ask Tottenham!
Ben Foster (Watford – 2700 minutes)
Troy Deeney recently praised the former Manchester United goalkeeper: “The guy eats s***, trains twice a week, turns up on a Saturday and is unbelievable.”
While few, other than his team-mates, can vouch for his diet, whatever he is eating clearly has not hampered his displays come the weekend.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea – 2700 minutes)
It may not have been his best season in a Chelsea shirt, but the Spaniard remains a figure of consistency and is one of the first names on the team-sheet.
He has missed three league matches in the past four seasons and was trusted to play a vital role by the likes of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, during Chelsea‘s title winning campaigns.
Neil Etheridge (Cardiff – 2700 minutes)
As far as first seasons go in the Premier League, it has been a respectable one for Etheridge and while Cardiff are in the relegation zone, the 6ft 2 shot-stopper, has earned a reputation for saving penalties.
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