After a perfect unbeaten record for their European qualification, England is set to make an impact this Friday in a friendly match against Spain. With the likes of Dale Alli of Tottenham making the squad for the first time and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy on good-form, the Three-Lions look to continue their good run of games.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is a regular for England. Even with the likes of Jack Butland, (which has been excellent for Stoke), making the squad, Hart is still capable enough to lead the back line.
Ryan Bertrand of Southampton looks to be cementing his place in the England first team for a while now. Bertrand was excellent in the game against Sunderland and looks to make an impact on the left side of the defense.
Chris Smalling has become a revelation this season for Manchester United. The Englishman has been one of the main reasons why United have not been conceding regularly and may be England’s best defender at the moment. To partner Smalling, the likely choice to be picked would be Gary Cahill. Cahill’s Chelsea side has been nothing less than disappointing this season, but the center back should be able to create some spark to show us why he is still playing for the Premier League champions, although John Stones would be a good shout.
Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool is arguably the best right-back for England at the moment. His constant runs on the right side of the pitch have been vital for the great start Jurgen Klopp has had with the Merseyside club.
Michael Carrick does not always get the headlines he deserves. For Manchester United, the 34-year-old has proven to still be a great option for Louis Van Gaal’s team and the balance he brings to the midfield would be needed against the Spanish side. To partner Carrick would be Jonjo Shelvey. Even though the Swansea midfielder has been criticized for the run of games the Welsh side has been having recently, he could still balance a team when needed as proven last and earlier this season.
Adam Lallana‘s creativity on the attacking sense has been important for Liverpool’s recent run of games. This could cause problems for the likes of Gerard Pique and Nacho who are likely to start.
Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling has had an excellent start to his campaign with The Citizens after a £49 million move this summer. His creativity alongside Lallana could cause problems in the Spanish backside which has not been in the best of times recently.
Everton star Ross Barkley will most likely start in the middle. With many reports saying England should be building a team around Barkley and letting his create opportunities, especially after Roberto Martinez has urged Roy Hodgson to use Barkley properly for England.
As lone striker up top would be Spurs star Harry Kane. Kane has recently found great form once again after many criticized him at the start of the season, even claiming he wasn’t ‘ready’. Jamie Vardy would also be a good shout to start, although it would be likely Wayne Rooney would be picked first.