Many of my choices will be on the lists of others.
Two of the three keepers, for instance. Six out of the eight defenders and so on. The majority, in fact, are shoo-ins.
It’s probably best to explain why I’ve veered off the straight and narrow.
In goal, Sam Johnstone gets the nod over Dean Henderson behind Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope because he’s played more last season. There’s nothing but a cigarette paper between them, in my eyes.
I’m still struggling to understand why Trent Alexander-Arnold is left out of anything. He’d be in my England five-a-side team.
The other full-back berth goes to the evergreen Kyle Walker with Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell on the opposite flanks.
Four recognised centre-halves are a must. The only relevant question is who provides the back-up to Messers Maguire and Stones. Tyrone Mings gets the nod because he’s left-footed and is now part of the set-up.
Conor Coady has led from the front at Wolves and gives the option of slotting a man into the heart of the defence if Gareth Southgate decides to go with three at the back. Brighton’s Lewis Dunk can consider himself unfortunate.
Jack Grealish – although I’m far from convinced he is fully fit – has to go. The choice of Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice will surprise few. Jude Bellingham can cancel his June summer break. If he can handle a Champions League quarter-final aged 17, he can take this in his stride, too.
Under normal circumstances, Jordan Henderson would stay at home because he’s not played for three months. Even with 25, however, England should be able to cope. And Liverpool ’s skipper is worth taking a gamble over. James Ward-Prowse’s honest toil is back-up.
Again, up front Messers Kane, Sterling, Rashford are nailed-on certs. Here, I’m going to upset one or two.
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I’d take Patrick Bamford instead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Leeds man provides more assists and his star is on an upwards curve. Jason Sancho claims a spot because he can move with the ball at pace.
I’d like to have recognised Jack Harrison’s season at Leeds United as well and given Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka shot – but his time will come. The final two places should go to James Maddison whose performances for Leicester City have, for the most part, been excellent this season and Mason Greenwood who has that all-important eye for a goal.
My full 26-man squad:
Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Sam Johnstone
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw
Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount, James Ward-Prowse, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Jordan Henderson
Harry Kane, Patrick Bamford, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood
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