Five England U21 players who could make Euro 2020

Written: 17th August 2019

England U21's betting

With England manager Gareth Southgate having confidence in youth in competitions such as the UEFA Nations League, we would say that smart betting would suggest England will have at least one of the current U21’s squad in their team for Euro 2020. Thanks to Fikayo Tomori and James Maddison being called up into the most recent squad, two of our original five choices have changed. However, with the strength-in-depth from England’s youth sides, we can safely say by 2021, some of these players will definitely have a few caps under their belts.

Phil Foden - Manchester City (Midfielder)

Phil Foden’s career has sort of stagnated this season, going from a player that Pep Guardiola said would be important for Manchester City for the ‘next decade’ to Pep Guardiola effectively saying he won’t start in the Premier League betting for City. If this is the case, Foden has to ask to leave the club on loan and with England’s weak-link being the centre of midfield. A good three-month spell for Foden could see him rise through the ranks before the end of 2020.

How can they make it into the squad?

Foden has to leave Manchester City on loan or at least convince Pep he deserves the game time. You can’t win anything with kids but look at Chelsea, all of their stand-out players this season have been youngsters. However, a good run in a Premier League side might not be enough for Foden to secure a position. Declan Rice, Harry Winks, Mason Mount and James Maddison all in the England squad and under the age of 25, alongside Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who miss out. Our Football Betting Tips.

Reiss Nelson - Arsenal (Winger)

Now, the Winger may have pulled out of the most recent U21’s squad but Nelson will take note that one good spell in the Arsenal first-team could push up to the big time as a back-up to either Raheem Sterling or Jadon Sancho. However, for that to happen, the former Hoffenheim loanee needs to build on his four Premier League appearances this season. Of course, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Nathan Redmond will look to find their way back into the squad and both have looked in half-decent form this season.

How can they make it into the squad?

Reiss Nelson will have to out-perform Nathan Redmond and Callum Hudson-Odoi to make it into the England squad which is definitely easier said than done, Hudson-Odoi has had a blistering start to his career and has only shown signs of slowing down due to injuries. Meanwhile, Nathan Redmond has been on the edge of the England squad for a long time but just needs that one fantastic season to really breakthrough.

Aaron Ramsdale - Bournemouth (Goalkeeper)

Honestly, Ramsdale is our favourite addition to this list. The young goalkeeper has represented England at every level and it seems only destined that the Chesterton-born Ramsdale represents England’s first team in the near future. He has some stiff competition as the England goalkeeping department, is one that’s quite strong in terms of the potential for second or third choice goalkeepers.

How can they make it into the squad

If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on many Bournemouth clean sheets this season, however, with Ramsdale in goal, they’ll face a lot of shots this season. If Ramsdale can continue his form and continue making fantastic saves. He might just beat the likes of Angus Gunn, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton to that third spot this season.

Ben Godfrey - Norwich City (Defender)

Now, this is definitely the least likely on this list because Godfrey has still only made two appearances for the U21’s but with England’s options at Centre Back nowhere near as good as it was even 10 years ago, this is quite possibly the best chance any defender has of making the England first team. Unfortunately for Godfrey, Norwich have been fairly dreadful at the back this season due to their attacking style of play and in our option, having a defensive midfielder or Grant Hanley as Godfrey’s defensive partner isn’t helping.

How can they make it into the squad

Realistically, I don’t think Godfrey will unless there’s a change at Norwich City, either Daniel Farke needs to be backed by the club owners or they need to spend some money on a solid defensive partner and sacrifice an attacking player for Ibrahim Amadou away from home. Offensively, this would likely be a disaster for Norwich but from a defensive point of view, this is Godfrey’s best chance of an England call-up.

Ryan Sessegnon - Tottenham Hotspur (Midfielder)

Now, did you forget about Sessegnon? This wouldn’t surprise me. Sessegnon would unlikely get in the side ahead of Raheem Sterling or Jadon Sancho - however, Spurs need a hero right now and they’ve got enough quality in their side that if one player stands out and shines above the pack this season. It’s an impact. Sess returned to training this week and in our opinion has a fantastic chance of getting quality game time after the international break, if he performs and Tottenham improve, he’s likely going to find a place in the England squad.

How can they make it into the squad

Out of all the players in this list, Sessegnon has the best chance of making Euro 2020, all it takes is one good season in the Premier League to make an impact, even more so if that impact is for a top-six side now expected to struggle like Tottenham Hotspur, If Sessegnon can come in, make a name for himself and get 10 goals or assists this season, then we may find the 19-year old in England’s Euro 2020 squad next season.