Carragher and Neville pick their Euro 2020 England squads

With the international break now over, all attention has been turned to the 23 players that will make up England’s Euro 2020 squad.

It is one of the most competitive fields for many a year, with over 30 names in realistic contention to take part in the showpiece tournament this summer.

On Monday Night Football, it was the turn of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher to choose who they would include. Needless to say, it caused plenty of heated debate.

Carragher elected to go for nine defenders, including three right-backs. Neville labelled the latter decision as “bizarre”.

The former Liverpool man also selected Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, who has quickly risen through the ranks since making his professional debut with Birmingham City back in 2019.

Explaining the rationale behind including Bellingham, Carragher said: “He’s playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and I think he’s going to be a star of the future for England.

“You’re almost putting him in the squad for the future. Not to say he’s not good enough, by the way. He’s playing in the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund and he’ll be involved tomorrow against Manchester City.

“Yes [there’s James] Ward-Prowse, who I think is a very good Premier League player, but this lad’s playing at a higher level.”

Carragher’s squad in full

Goalkeepers: Pickford, Henderson, Pope

Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Walker, Chilwell, Shaw, Stones, Maguire, Mings, Coady, James

Midfielders: Rice, Henderson, Mount, Phillips, Foden, Bellingham

Forwards: Kane, Sterling, Calvert-Lewin, Grealish, Rashford

Neville opts for Greenwood in attack

Neville selected a similar squad to Carragher, with three differences.

He picked a total of eight defenders, with Eric Dier included as the fourth centre-back.

Unlike Carragher, Neville went with James Ward-Prowse in midfield instead of Bellingham.

Most notably, he chose Mason Greenwood as one six England attackers. The Manchester United forward hasn’t been named in the senior squad since August 2020.

Neville explained: “If England are going to need a goal when they’re 1-0 down against a team, I would bring Greenwood on because I think he’s a finisher.

“He’s a better finisher than Rashford, naturally a better finisher than Sterling, even though he hasn’t got the goals of Sterling.

“And I think he’s got that quality to work in tight spaces in and around the box.”

Neville’s squad in full

Goalkeepers: Pickford, Henderson, Pope

Defenders: Walker, Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Shaw, Stones, Maguire, Mings, Dier

Midfielders: Rice, Henderson, Mount, Phillips, Foden, Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Kane, Sterling, Calvert-Lewin, Grealish, Rashford, Greenwood

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