EURO 2020

Gary Neville Names Two "Undroppable" Names in Gareth Southgate's England Squad

Gary Neville has named two crucial players in Gareth Southgate's England squad
Gary Neville has named two crucial players in Gareth Southgate's England squad / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Gary Neville has claimed that Gareth Southgate cannot afford to drop Harry Kane and Declan Rice from his England squad for Euro 2020.

The Three Lions began their European campaign beating Crotia 1-0 on Sunday, and Neville believes there are a bunch of players Southgate needs to have in his squad.

Rice and Kane have made a name for themselves while playing for their respective Premier League clubs, while the impressive Kalvin Philips has also carved out a spot for himself in Southgate's side.

"I said last night that I felt Harry Kane was undroppable in this England team, I’d put probably Declan Rice, it seems quite a strange statement to make, but pretty much up there at this moment in time," Neville told Sky Sports.

"He’s going to play every single game, Declan Rice. I think Kalvin Phillips now, with the way he played in the first game, is going to play alongside him. I don’t see Gareth Southgate changing that. They’ve got a good partnership.

"They’ve got good rotation in midfield. They pass well together, they play well together and they’re certainly further ahead in their fitness than Jordan [Henderson] is at this moment in time."

Neville also spoke about Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, who is yet to recover from injury and make an appearance for England this tournament. “I think Tyrone Mings did really well – it was an important match for him. Looking at John Stones and Mings as a partnership before the tournament, you would have concerns against the best teams,” Neville added.

“I know people have dismissed Croatia after the game, but not many were dismissing them before the game, so I would still say that’s a really good win for England against a good team. I think the reason Kieran Trippier played at left-back was his experience and know-how, meaning Mings had experience either aside of him.

“If Harry Maguire can get back to a level, he will come back in. But if he comes back in, I think if it’s not against Scotland, it has to be against Czech Republic. You couldn’t make Harry Maguire’s first game back a knockout game. Maguire must surface in the next two matches, otherwise I fear you won’t see him in the tournament, and it would be Stones and Mings to continue.”