Three Big Tests For England Squad

Total SportekMarch 24, 2021

LONDON: Three World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland over the course of a week will give England manager Gareth Southgate one last chance to test players before naming a squad for Euro 2020.

The Three Lions have a home advantage over most of the Euro action as they aim to end a 55 -year wait to win a major title.

Wembley will host three group stage matches against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic in addition to the semi -finals and final.

Supporters can also return to the stadium in June and July to give support to the Southgate squad as a result of the United Kingdom’s rapid vaccination program.

The pressure on the England boss is to build on success after advancing to the semi -finals of the 2018 World Cup, especially when he has many of the best players.

One of the few parts of England that lacks world -class talent is the goalkeeper. Jordan Pickford maintained his status as the number one player despite a number of mistakes clearly affecting Everton.

However despite Pickford’s absence due to a rib injury, it gave Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope a chance to play in competitive matches at international level.

Pope has already proven his worth in the English Premier League but is still inexperienced. Dean Henderson could also emerge as Pickford’s challenger.

The 24 -year -old has started for Manchester United in the last seven games, but his place may be taken back by David De Gea after the international break.