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Our writers pick strongest England squad and starting XI for Euro 2020

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ngland’s opening match of Euro 2020 is now just 33 days away and the FA announced on Tuesday that Gareth Southgate will confirm his squad in two weeks’ time.

So who should get the nod when England kick-off against Croatia at Wembley on June 13?

We asked our writers to pick their XI to start the first game and who they think should make the England squad.

Dan Kilpatrick

Starting XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Rice, J. Henderson, Mount; Sterling, Kane, Foden.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Chilwell are, on form, England’s most talented full-backs, so beat Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw, while Phil Foden offers something different to Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford up front.

Jordan Pickford’s ability with his feet gives him the nod over Nick Pope, while Jordan Henderson is more experienced than Kalvin Phillips.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Pickford, Pope, D. Henderson Defenders: Walker Trippier Alexander-Arnold Chilwell Shaw Stones Maguire Mings Midfielders: J.Henderson, Rice, Phillips, Mount, Foden Forwards: Grealish, Saka, Rashford, Sancho, Sterling, Kane, Calvert-Lewin.

James Robson

Starting XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Mount, Rice, Phillips; Sterling, Kane, Rashford.

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I would have given Dean Henderson chance to stake his claim in this international break – but now the only choice is Jordan Pickford due to his ability with his feet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right back in the country, but it feels like Kyle Walker is now the first choice. The midfield arguably picks itself and up front I’m going with the most experienced three.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Pickford, Pope, D. Henderson Defenders: Walker, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Stones, Coady, Mings, Shaw, Chilwell Midfielders: Rice, Phillips, Ward-Prowse, Mount, Henderson, Grealish Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Sterling, Sancho, Foden, Calvert-Lewin.

Simon Collings

Starting XI (4-3-3): Pope; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Mount, Rice, Foden; Sterling, Kane, Rashford.

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