Seven uncapped players England boss Gareth Southgate should consider

11th Oct 2018

England are gearing up for their next set of UEFA Nations League fixtures this week, with the Three Lions set for trips to Croatia and Spain in the coming days.

Gareth Southgate’s latest squad raised a few eyebrows, with injuries to the likes of Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard leaving him with no option but to call on several uncapped players.

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But there are a number of players yet to be selected who are still hoping to catch Southgate's eye as they continue their impressive early season form.

Much has been made of England’s lack of creativity in the centre of the park, with the likes of James Maddison, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount all given a chance to excel during England’s October fixtures.

Fans of various clubs around the country would argue that some of their players have been hard done by with Southgate choosing to overlook them on this occasion.

Here are seven uncapped players that could be in line for a call-up in the near future:

Dean Henderson

Southgate opted to select four goalkeepers in his latest squad, with Jack Butland, Alex McCarthy and Marcus Bettinelli all providing competition for first-choice option Jordan Pickford.

However, it was announced on Thursday morning that Southampton’s McCarthy would be withdrawing from the squad because of an injury, which may see a younger player drafted in to train with the senior squad.

The out option would be Henderson, who has established himself as the Under-21s first choice goalkeeper this season. The 21-year-old is spending this season on loan at Sheffield United, as he seeks first team opportunities away from parent club Manchester United.

Henderson’s good form for the Blades has played a big part in their excellent start to the season and we wouldn’t be surprised if Southgate and his staff want to take a closer look at him in the coming weeks or months.

Conor Coady 

Many felt that Wolves captain Coady may be awarded his first call-up for this set of fixtures, especially with Burnley defender James Tarkowski withdrawing from the squad with an injury.

Instead, Southate turned to Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, who continues to impress at the heart of the Seagulls’ defence.

But with Coady playing a crucial role in a Wolves side that sit seventh in the Premier League and are unbeaten in their last six league matches, we don’t think it will be long before Coady gets his chance.

The 25-year-old started his career at Liverpool as a midfielder but Nuno Espirito Santo has opted to use him in a John Stones-esque role in the centre of a back three in his last two seasons at Wolves.

Coady appears to have all the attributes Southgate looks for in a centre-back and we think he’s in with a good chance of a call-up later this season.

Declan Rice

Rice has been one of West Ham’s stand-out performers so far this season, with Manuel Pellegrini using him at the base of a three-man midfield for the Hammers.

The impressive 19-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland in all age groups from Under-16s through to the Under-21s and made his senior debut in March of this year.

However, his good form for West Ham seems to have led to a re-think and Ireland manager Martin O’Neill left him out of his latest squad, claiming Rice was considering changing allegiances to England.

He is being tipped to become a hugely important player for West Ham and his versatility is something that may appeal to Southgate. One to watch.

Ryan Sessegnon

The Fulham prodigy has long been tipped to go on to be a big player for England and it may be that his time to shine comes sooner rather than later.

Both Luke Shaw and Danny Rose have withdrawn from England’s latest squad because of injury issues, leaving Ben Chilwell as the only current left-back option at Southgate’s disposal. Don’t be surprised if Sessegnon is called on in the coming days.

The 18-year-old will inevitably be drafted into the senior set-up at some point, but his start to life in the Premier League with Fulham hasn’t panned out the way he would have liked it to. The Cottagers currently sit 17th in the table and are without a league win since late August.

It will be interesting to see which position Sessegnon settles in for England. He has played both left-back and left-wing on a number of occasions this season. Maybe Southgate’s preferred 3-5-2 system could be ideal for him?

Phil Foden

As mentioned above, England suffered without a dynamic central midfield player in the summer and it is a position where they are clearly lacking.

Many believe Manchester City wonderkid Foden is the solution and his fine progress was recently rewarded with a first call-up to the England Under-21 squad.

Foden is fortunate enough to be playing under Pep Guardiola at club level and the Manchester City coach believes the 18-year-old will go on to be a big player for both club and country.

He scored his first City goal in their Carabao Cup tie against Oxford United in September and that call-up to the senior set-up may not be too far away at all.

Will Hughes

Watford fans were disappointed to see Hughes overlooked by Southgate again, especially with England on the look-out for some more creativity in midfield.

The former Derby man has started every league match for Watford this season, deployed in a right-midfield role by Javi Gracia.

The 23-year-old is a clever player with a sweet left foot and many were surprised to see his team-mate Nathaniel Chalobah given the nod ahead of him on this occasion.

It could be that Southgate feels Hughes needs to work on his end product or even his physicality. He is a player well known to the England boss having played under him for the Under-21s on a number of occasions.

Callum Wilson

With Jamie Vardy choosing to step away from the international scene this season, speculation has been rife as to who Southgate could choose to fill his void in attack.

The likes of Danny Ings and Troy Deeney have been heavily mentioned, but Callum Wilson continues to impress at Bournemouth.

He has four goals and five assists to his name so far this season and, stylistically, he’s a much better fit for England than someone like Deeney.

At the moment, Southgate seems to be content with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck as his main striking options, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho also drafted into the squad for the first time this month.

But more good form from Wilson will make him increasingly difficult for the England boss to ignore for much longer.

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