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Euro 2020: Picking England's First XI for the Tournament Opener

Arjun Singh Devgan
England v Poland - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
England v Poland - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images
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The 2020 European Championships after a delay for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic is scheduled to start on 12 June and England are considered by many to be one of the favourites to win their maiden trophy.

England boss, Gareth Southgate has a number of options to choose from for each position, with the Three Lions having riches all over the pitch, especially when it comes to attack. Here, we pick the first XI which they could start with in their opening group game.

1. GK - Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford
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Jordan Pickford has his detractors and while there is no doubt that he has to improve, he is still England's No.1 and expected to start with Gareth Southgate placing his trust in the 27-year-old in the past. The Everton shotstopper is currently out with injury and if he does not recover in time, then his place would most likely be taken by Nick Pope.

2. LB - Luke Shaw

Albania v England - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
Albania v England - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / MB Media/Getty Images

Luke Shaw has enjoyed a resurgence this season and on form deserves to start in the first XI, ahead of Ben Chillwell. The 25-year-old has finally shown why Manchester United spent £30million for him in 2014, with the left-back in contention to make the best XI of the season in the Premier League.

3. CB - John Stones

John Stones
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Another player who has fought back to earn his place for both club and country this season has been John Stones, with the centre-back performing brilliantly in the centre of defence. His ability with the ball at his feet gives England a different dimension and helps them playing from the back.

4. CB - Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire
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Harry Maguire has been a regular under Southgate since 2017 and is one of the leaders on the pitch for the Three Lions. Despite criticism aimed at the 28-year-old over his lack of pace on the pitch, there is no doubt that he will start in their first game.

5. RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold
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Trent Alexander-Arnold was omitted by Southgate for their recent 2022 World Cup qualifiers, but that should be considered an anomaly as he is without doubt the best right-back in the country. At 22-years-old, he might lack experience at the international level, but England do look more dangerous with the Liverpool man on the flank.

6. CM - Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson
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Jordan Henderson is currently out injured but if he recovers in time, there is no doubt that he should start, considering that he has been one of their key players in the recent past. The 30-year-old provides leadership on the pitch and is a very important player for both club and country.

7. CM - Declan Rice

Declan Rice
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Southgate is known for his preference to play two defensive midfielders and hence Declan Rice makes the cut after having an impressive season with West Ham United. The youngster was used in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers recently, which is an indication that he will be a starter come June.

8. CM - Phil Foden

Albania v England - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
Albania v England - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / MB Media/Getty Images

Phil Foden's form and skills have made it impossible for Southgate to even think of not starting the Manchester City midfielder in the starting XI. The 20-year-old has already scored 11 goals this season, and has not let the big games affect his performances. A future superstar in the making.

9. RW - Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling
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Raheem Sterling has improved by leaps and bounds ever since Pep Guardiola took over at Manchester City and is now one of the best wingers in world football. He has not posted great numbers this season, but there is no doubt that he is one of the first names on the team sheet.

10. LW - Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford
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While many would want Jack Grealish in the side, it is likely that Marcus Rashford will start, considering that he is a regular and on his day is unstoppable. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the tournament, as a lot of eyes will be on him.

11. ST - Harry Kane

Harry Kane
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The first name on the team sheet and a player who will arguably go on to break England's goalscoring records - Harry Kane will need to be at his best if they are to make a dent in the competition. Southgate will be hoping that his talisman and skipper can maintain his fitness, considering that he is playing almost every game for his club this season.

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