Who will start for England at Euro 2021? We predict England’s starting XI for their Euro 2021 opener against Croatia in June.
The Three Lions start the week with three fixtures to look forward to, a friendly against Republic of Ireland followed by Belgium and Iceland in the UEFA Nations League.
However, as important as these matches are, manager Gareth Southgate will be using them as an exercise to prepare his players for the vital summer tournament.
As we all know, the Euro’s were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic meaning the tournament will take place in June 2021.
With international fixtures and Elite domestic football being played on a regular basis, Southgate will be constantly thinking about his starting XI and his squad in general.
But seven months out, who do we believe will be starting that all-important first game against Croatia?
Here we predict Southgate’s starting XI for the Euro 2021 opener…
Despite plenty of criticism, we believe manager Southgate will stick with his number one Jordan Pickford. The Everton man is certainly prone to an error and he has shown that this season, but Southgate trusts the ex-Sunderland man. His distribution his very good and he communicates well with the defenders in front of him. Burnley’s Nick Pope is second in command though and will be hoping he can persuade Southgate to give him the number one jersey.