Since taking over the captaincy at Liverpool Jordan Henderson has thrived in his new role as can be seen by the fact his club have taken two wins from two this season, with two clean sheets as well. He played a crucial part in ensuring Liverpool held on against Bournemouth two weeks ago showing maturity and leadership, and with 22 international caps thus far in his career, he looks set to play a crucial role for England next week.
James Milner is a fantastic addition to the England squad and should be straight on Roy’s squad list. Though he may not necessarily start, he is one of the most experienced and senior players who still compete for the national team, particularly now since the likes of Gerrard and Lampard have retired. He plays regularly for Liverpool so is certainly match-fit and his 54 caps for England do not go unnoticed when looking at players who are likely to be selected on Tuesday.
Ross Barkley has started the 2015/16 season off superbly, playing a crucial role in Everton’s 3-0 win at Southampton. He not only scored the third goal for The Toffees, but also set up Lukaku with a lightening run on the break, showing his potential. He has 13 caps for England and at just 21 can be seen as a real attacking threat and a big problem for defenders.
Lallana is another Liverpool player who has been key to their success so far this season, starting every game of their Premier League campaign. Lallana is extremely experienced when it comes to internationals, having played for the under-18s, under-19s and under-21s before making his senior debut in 2013; he looks likely to play a part in the upcoming matches.
Shelvey is a player who has really excelled since joining Swansea and may seem a surprise inclusion in our selection despite the fact he does have some previous experience with England. He controls the midfield well and has sprayed some superb passes so far this season setting up chance left, right and centre. He assisted Swansea’s first goal against Newcastle two weeks ago and works extremely hard for the team, so it could be argued that he fully deserves his chance in the internationals coming up.
Raheem Sterling has caught all the headlines this summer after a big-money move to giants Manchester City. The quick and little attacker is starting to settle in at his new club after assisting their first goal against Everton at the weekend, as well as scoring three minutes into his debut during pre-season. At just 20 years of age, he has played in a World Cup, won 16 international caps and scored for England, meaning it is almost certain he’ll be selected in this squad.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is certainly in contention for, not just a place in the England squad, but a starting position. He scored the only goal in Arsenal’s Community Shield win, scored one of the six fired past Lyon in the Emirates Cup and, despite the Gunners losing 2-0 to West Ham on the opening day of the season, was reported as their best player on the pitch. Having gone to the Euros in 2012 and the World Cup in 2014, he seems unlikely to be left out in the next few weeks.
Delph’s form the last few seasons has earned him a move away from Villa Park to Manchester City. Though he may find starts harder to come by, Delph is training among some of the world’s best players so is constantly in an environment that will aid his game. Like Lallana, Delph played for some of England’s youth teams so knows the set-up well and with six senior appearances to his name, could well be in contention for a place in Roy’s squad.