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England's winger options - ranked

Krishan Davis
Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish make the list
Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish make the list / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages
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Out of nowhere, England find themselves with arguably their best squad for a generation - and that strength in depth is no more evident than in the frontline.

Both out wide and through the middle the Three Lions possess an embarrassment of riches, with players thriving at the Premier League's top clubs and abroad.

Such is the profundity of that talent pool, it has become basically inevitable that manager Gareth Southgate will irk some corners of the fanbase with questionable call-ups whenever he names his latest squad.

Suffice to say, we don't envy him. However, while we may not piss off an entire nation, we at 90min still feel it is our duty to rank the England squad by position for your reading pleasure (or displeasure).

Here are the 15 best forwards currently in and around the England squad as of March 2022 - ranked.


12. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)

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Southgate watches on with Hudson-Odoi on the ball / Ashley Western/MB Media/GettyImages

The Chelsea wide man may not be an option for much longer as he considers switching allegiance to Ghana, who have qualified for the 2022 World Cup.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has made three senior competitive appearances for England back in 2019, and he can still represent the Black Stars because those all came before the age of 21.

11. Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)

Jesse Lingard
Lingard was a surprise inclusion in a recent squad / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

A surprise call-up for the World Cup qualifiers last September, Jesse Lingard has fallen victim to his stagnant club situation in the months since.

The Man Utd man needs game time and the opportunity to show his best form to break back into the squad and rise up this list.

10. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City)

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Barnes could be due a recall / NICK POTTS/GettyImages

Harvey Barnes picked up his one and only cap in October 2020 when he was one of the standout wide players in the country.

A serious knee injury disrupted his progress then, but in recent months he has shown the kind of form that grabbed Southgate's attention - he's closing in on double figures for both goals and assists at the time of writing.

9. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United)

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Bowen had been in line for a call-up / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Jarrod Bowen has been on some trajectory this season and may well have made Southgate's squad for England's friendly matches in March if it wasn't for an injury.

The wide man has a mightily impressive 23 goal contributions so far this term, finely balanced between goals and assists. If he keeps it going, expect him to get the call.

8. Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)

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Rashford hasn't played for England since Euro 2020 / GES-Sportfoto/GettyImages

Marcus Rashford has a problem for both club and country, and it may take a move away from Man Utd to remedy that.

Since coming back from a serious shoulder issue in October, Rashford has struggled to find any form and has found opportunities hard to come by under Ralf Rangnick. In the meantime, yet more competition for places has arisen at international level...

7. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)

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Smith Rowe has broken into the senior setup / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

One of the breakout stars of the Premier League season, Emile Smith Rowe has been performing with alarming consistency.

Given his versatility, it is difficult to see him losing his spot in Southgate's plans anytime soon - despite the fact he's battling for his starting place at Arsenal.

6. Jadon Sancho (Man Utd)

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Sancho hasn't nailed down his place in the squad / Michael Regan/GettyImages

It's been a strange debut season at Old Trafford for Jadon Sancho, and missing out on the squad for England's March internationals will come as a huge blow - especially as he was just hitting his best form.

It seems a slightly unjust omission, and it may be that there are some issues that we are not aware of as he has often struggled to break into Southgate's plans. Once he gets back to his best he will be difficult to ignore.

5. Jack Grealish (Man City)

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Grealish has finally nailed down a place in the squad / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Although he has been used fairly sparingly at club level by Pep Guardiola, there is no doubting the game-changing talent that Jack Grealish possesses.

Having initially struggled to make an impression on Southgate, the attacker is now a regular in the squad and could be relied upon heavily for his creativity with certain others on this list out of sorts.

4. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

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Saka has been the picture of consistency / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Another ridiculously consistent performer for Arsenal who often shines on the international stage too.

Bukayo Saka is a dazzling winger who seems to have the world at his feet. His ability to operate at left wing-back will be hugely attractive to his national team manager, who likes to deploy three at the back.

3. Mason Mount (Chelsea)

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Versatile Mount is a favourite of Southgate's / Robin Jones/GettyImages

What Mason Mount lacks in technique he makes up for in boundless energy and desire. Yet another versatile member of this modern day England squad, there are at least three positions he is capable of covering.

Southgate loves him, Chelsea fans love him, and it's clear to see why.

2. Phil Foden (Man City)

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Foden is a huge talent / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

The best may well be yet to come from young Phil Foden, but his talent and potential are undeniable.

The issue he has at both club and international level is that his best position is unclear, and that could become problematic with the quality of those waiting in the wings.

However, the 21-year-old is capable of operating out wide or as a false nine, and he's already demonstrated plenty of times that he can be effective there.

1. Raheem Sterling (Man City)

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Sterling is an England stalwart / Robin Jones/GettyImages

A talisman for England both on and on the pitch. The man who grew up in the shadow of Wembley.

Raheem Sterling may be in and out of the Man City team and occasionally both frustrating and bewildering in his play, but he is still the man for England. Don't expect that to change any time soon.


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