The Three Lions will be doing all they can to avoid a penalty shoot-out at this summers’ Euro 2016, but England did win ten games out of a possible ten in the qualification process, which perhaps shows that this could just be their year. It will be difficult for many of us to resist our inner patriotism on fantasy football, but hopefully these selections will help distinguish your England picks between your head and your heart.
Joe Hart has done himself no harm with the season that he has had, despite Manchester City only just qualifying for the Champions League on goal difference. However, the defence is England’s weakest area on the field, with just seven defenders making the squad. Chris Smalling could be a good choice if he performs as he did in the first half of the season with Manchester United, whilst full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker could not pip Leicester to the title with Spurs.
Another Tottenham player, Dele Alli, scored ten goals and made nine assists from midfield, but this tournament might have come just a little bit too early for the Englishman. Ross Barkley also enjoyed a good season with eight goals and eight assists, but it may be difficult to accommodate all of these attacking style midfielders with Captain Wayne Rooney potentially starting in the middle of the park himself.
As we have seen throughout the past nine months on Fantasy Premier League, England arguably have two of the hottest forwards in Europe at the moment. Harry Kane won the Golden Boot with 25 goals in a Tottenham shirt, whilst Jamie Vardy’s 24 goals helped Leicester City win their first ever top tier title. Rooney could of course also play as a forward if manager Roy Hodgson wanted to shuffle things.
Written by Dean Ammi (@footywriterdean)
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