In a year when the Premier League has been completely unpredictable and the ever presents at the top of the table have struggled, the indication is that there will be a very fresh, young England team travelling over to France for Euro 2016.
Amazingly the last time a current PFA Young Player of the year in the Premier League, played for England in the European Champions was back in 1996, when Robbie Fowler played less than half an hour of football in the whole tournament. This year however, it is hard to look past the winner, Spurs’ Dele Alli, for a starting berth in the midfield.
Alli has been one of the outstanding performers this season and himself and Harry Kane have catapulted Spurs to second in the Premier League and are still realistic challengers with just four games remaining. With ten goals and nine assists in the Premier League, Alli has proved himself to be extremely worthy of the accolade of Young Player of the Year.
Considering his connection with Kane, it seems as though the 20-year-old is a shoo-in to start in France. His chances have only been assisted by injuries to fellow England midfielders Jordan Henderson, Michael Carrick and Jack Wilshere throughout the season. Alli has proved himself to be consistent all campaign and has been a huge part in his side’s success.
Alli certainly has competition in the attacking midfield role with Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott all candidates too, with Roy Hodgson having granted each an opportunity as playmaker in the past. It remains to be seen if Danny Drinkwater makes the squad ahead of some of the more senior members, but based on this season alone selecting the Leicester City man should be a no-brainer
Alli looks to join Kane, Danny Rose and possibly Eric Dier in the starting eleven, as Spurs have several young English players playing well together, something Hodgson will be mindful of when selecting his side.
Other shoo-ins for starting spots are Jamie Vardy and Lallana, who have also impressed this season for Leicester and Liverpool, respectively.
Outside of these picks expect to see familiar faces make up the rest of the starting eleven, as Hodgson attempts to blend young talent with experience.
In what could be a very youthful England side in France, we take a look at a possible lineup:
GK: Joe Hart
DF: Nathaniel Clyne, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Danny Rose
MF: Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli
ST: Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane
Paul O’Dea, Pundit Arena