Gareth Southgate

England's Top 10 Debutants Under Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate has proven to be a popular manager of the Three Lions since his appointment in November 2016, not least of which because of England's magnificent run to the World Cup semi-finals last summer.


However, Southgate has also shown a tendency to trust younger uncapped players in his time in charge of England's senior team, with the recent debuts of Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi proving to be another great decision from the tactician. 


With a new generation of English talent sweeping into the fold, we take a look at the top 10 players to make their debut for the Three Lions under Gareth Southgate.

10. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

A somewhat surprise inclusion in Southgate's World Cup squad, Ruben Loftus-Cheek featured heavily in the group stages after Dele Alli's injury. 


His promising performances in limited appearances for Chelsea this year (six goals and two assists in 29 appearances) suggests we might be seeing more of the 23-year-old for England, though his lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge is cause for concern.

9. Callum Wilson

After his debut goal against the USA at Wembley in November and a prolific season at the Vitality for Bournemouth, Callum Wilson has been linked with many big money moves to top Premier League clubs and looks set to be a key backup to Harry Kane in England's attack for years to come.

8. Ben Chilwell

Southgate's first debutant after the World Cup, Chilwell has eased into international football with solid performances at left back in England's new 4-3-3 formation. 


The Leicester defender was a standout performer during the Nations League matches against Spain and Croatia, providing an assist in the latter.

7. Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold made his debut at Elland Road in a World Cup warm up friendly against Costa Rica and later went on to feature in Russia against Belgium at the end of the group stage. 


His form for Liverpool suggests he could begin to challenge for the role of first choice right back, though Kyle Walker may be hard to displace (for now). 

6. Joe Gomez

Gomez earned his first call up in November 2017 and earned a Man of the Match performance against Brazil at Wembley in which he was able to shut out superstar Neymar with apparent ease. 


Gomez missed the World Cup through injury and has seen his Liverpool season disrupted through another knock, though his past performances in an England shirt mean Southgate will likely welcome him back to the fold at the best opportunity. 

5. Jadon Sancho

Sancho looks to be one of the most exciting prospects to don the Three Lions shirt in recent memory. 


His astonishing form for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season - eight goals and 15 assists - as well as his stellar performances for England, means he is one to watch out for for the remained of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, and indeed the tournament itself.

 leads many to believe he will feature heavily in the Nations League finals this summer. 

4. Jesse Lingard

Since making his international debut in 2016, Lingard has enjoyed a meteoric rise - both for Manchester United and England.


His wonder goal for the Three Lions in the 6-1 victory against Panama at the World Cup was just one example of the immense talent the youngster possesses.

3. Jordan Pickford

Pickford's heroics in the penalty shootout against Columbia at last summer's World Cup will live long in the memories of English football fans.


The Everton stopper has enjoyed an iron-grip on the number 1 jersey since his debut in November 2017, and his ball-playing ability and quick reflexes have been key to England's recent success.

2. Kieran Trippier

For a moment last summer, it seemed that Kieran Tripper's glorious free-kick in the fifth minute of the World Cup semi-final against Croatia would push England to the final.


Alas, it was not meant to be, and though Tripper's recent form for Spurs has been somewhat poor, his performance at last summer's tournament means he merits a spot on this list. 

1. Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire has become somewhat of a founding rock at the back in this new England team under Southgate.


His goal against Sweden in the World Cup and solid defensive performances helped lead England to their most successful tournament in nearly 30 years. Southgate gave Maguire his debut in England's final World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in October 2017, and, barring a catastrophic collapse in form, he should go on to earn many more caps for the Three Lions.