The UK and Republic of Ireland have been announced as the hosts of the European Championships for 2028, with fans enjoying a home tournament for the first time since 1996.
Of course, during that tournament 27 years ago, it was only England who hosted, with Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic now getting their chance to host a major tournament.
For England fans, they’ll see it as a realistic chance of winning on home soil given the results of more recent tournaments, and going one better would be fitting, laying to rest the ghosts of the previous European Championship Final at Wembley.
But how many players from that squad will be there? And indeed how many of the current crop will be?
It’s an interesting question. Especially in the fickle world of football. In truth, an England squad in five years time is anybody’s guess. It’s like being asked to pick a number for the ball to land on in roulette, which so many of us do on the likes of 777 Casino Netherlands. You just simply don’t know.
But there are some young players in that team, and players you’d expect are only going to get better. So who are we likely to see playing for England at Euro 2028?
Of the goalkeepers currently in and around the first team squad, only Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale really has a realistic chance of being the number one. However, with the arrival of David Raya at the Gunners, it may be that he needs to move on to ensure his career does stay on track. It had proven an excellent move for the former Sheffield United stopper, and at 30-years-old when the tournament arrives, we’d expect him to still be in and around the squad.
There are some excellent young defenders in the England first team and under-21s at present and the next few years could really allow them to flourish.
Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi has been earmarked as a future star. He’ll be 28, while Fikayo Tomori will be 30.
Gareth Southgate has recently called up Levi Colwill too, who has been an ever-present in Chelsea’s season so far. He could be one of the key men come 2028.
Reece James will likely be a starter at right back, while Manchester City’s Rico Lewis is progressing nicely on the left hand side of defence.
Will we see Declan Rice leading out his country for the tournament? Unless Harry Kane is enjoying a productive later career in the same vein as Robert Lewandowski, we think so.
Rice will be 29 going into the tournament and a key cog in that midfield, just as he is now. Jude Bellingham may well be as good as Zinedine Zidane by then and one of the world’s best.
Trent Alexander-Arnold could join them if the Three Lions continue to think of him as a better option in the middle of the park, while Mason Mount will also be an option should he continue his progression without suffering the curse of Manchester United.
Harvey Elliott will likely have broken into the first team by this point also, and could be a vital player for England.
There’s likely to be plenty to choose from going forward. Bukayo Saka could well be a world-beater by this point, while Marcus Rashford will have hit his prime.
Then you’ve got Phil Foden who, again, could be a true world star. James Maddison would only be 31.
When it comes to number nines, it gets a little more difficult. Harry Kane would be 35, and while he may well be still an elite striker, that all depends on injuries and how he’s feeling in himself.
There are options in the under-21s, and many of them will be eyeing up that tournament to make a name for themselves, just as many British athletes were ahead of London 2012. Leading the line for England could well be up for grabs…
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