Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson is the only English midfielder that should be guaranteed a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England team at next summer’s European Championship, according to Danny Murphy.
England sealed their spot in the continental tournament after thrashing Montenegro 7-0 at Wembley on Thursday night and following it up with an easy 4-0 victory vs Kosovo on Sunday.
Fans feel the team is complete and ready to go, but Danny believes there are loopholes in the country’s midfield. He added that Henderson is the only midfielder who deserves to play at the European Championship in whatever system.
His words, “Jordan’s always in it,”
“There are good options in there for Gareth, but I don’t think it’s worth saying now that should be the three, because if I was playing a lesser nation, I’d have no problem playing Maddison and Mount, ahead of Henderson or Winks or Rice.
“But if you’re playing France – the best team in the world – then you might go for Winks, Henderson, and Oxlade-Chamberlain, because they can all do the defensive bit, they’re all disciplined.
“I think it’s good Gareth’s got options. I’m glad that Winks and Rice are fighting it out. I’m glad they’re both in the squad because I think they’ve both got big futures and are very capable.”
“The other factor is if you’re playing a midfield three, England have got at the moment two brilliant attacking full-backs but if they’re going to go as well then the midfield three, if they’re too attacking [then] England, are going to be too open.
“So you’ve got to work out who you’re playing against. In another three months as well players lose form and get injured.
“The fact is there are some good options, and we’re capable. It’s more at the back that I think England fans worry than in the midfield.”
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