With another year to wait for the Euros, many Tottenham Hotspur players have a second chance to build the club back up and impress England manager Gareth Southgate. Of course, Harry Kane and Dele Alli are all-but certainties for next year’s England team, injuries forgiving, but there are three other high-profile players who are presently considered to be maybes or long-shots of going to the tournament.
So, which Spurs players need to step-up next season to overtake those who are presently deemed to be rated ahead of them in Southgate’s selection.
According to the expert ratings available, Harry Winks is presently just on the outside of the expected 23-man England squad for Euro 2021. The players who play a similar role and are currently set to snap the selection are Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, and Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain. Despite José Mourinho’s preference for towering, strong, and dominant central midfielders, he’s taken a liking to Winks, starting him in 15 of a possible 24 league games.
For the most part, Winks has played well and has proven to be one of the best ball progressors per Football London, ranking among the likes of Jorginho and Joao Moutinho. Winks’ proving ground for the England spot will likely be from within the club. If he can lock down a place with the likes of Tanguy Ndombélé, Giovani Lo Celso, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier, and perhaps Gedson Fernandes challenging him, he should have done enough to earn Southgate’s pick. To really increase his appeal, however, he needs to up his goal contributions, having failed to seal a goal or an assist by the 39-game mark this season.
He’s big, strong, aggressive, decent along the backline, and can cover the defence well from midfield, but as it stands, Eric Dier is an outlier to make it into the England team. Despite being a solid defensive utility player who also presents a goal threat, Dier is at 7/1 in the football betting at Space Casino to make the Euro 2021 England squad, with Winks ahead at 5/4. Given the competition, it’s clear to see why Dier’s currently up against it.
If looking at Dier as a centre-back, a position he had tied down for before the suspension came through, the 26-year-old would be up against Harry Maguire, Joe Gomez, John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Kyle Walker (in the three-at-the-back set-up), and Tyrone Mings. In a defensive midfield role, he has Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, and perhaps even Harry Winks (depending on his positional bias throughout the season) to best.
Two years ago, it would have seemed almost unfathomable that once Ryan Sessegnon had secured his move to a big Premier League club that he wouldn’t be a top contender for an England place. Having almost gatecrashed the 2018 World Cup squad, the 2021 Euros team looks to be a long-shot. He’s been plagued by injuries and saw one of the best prospect managers in the league replaced by a less nurturing boss, Sessegnon has certainly had a tough first season at Tottenham Hotspur.
Now, he also has the high-flying Steven Bergwijn to contend with down the attacking left side. Unless he drastically impresses Mourinho over the short summer or has a very successful loan spell away from Spurs, it seems unlikely that Sessegnon will be able to break past one of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Callum Hudson-Odoi, or Harvey Barnes. An easier route appears to be at left-back, with Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell in the way for England and Ben Davies being the current go-to pick under Mourinho.
Kane and Dele will almost certainly get into the Euro 2021 England team, but Winks, Dier, and certainly Sessegnon need big 2020/21 campaigns.
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