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Euro 2020: Which players should be England’s attacking options this summer?

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England forwards: Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount

An embarrassment of riches?

Gareth Southgate appears to have a real selection headache for Euro 2020, with England boasting a wealth of talent to choose from for their attacking options for the tournament this summer.

Harry Kane looks set to be the main man in attack, but around him there is a variety of seasoned talent and exciting youngsters to be able to choose from.

Depending on how manager Southgate lines up his side, there will likely be three other spaces available in attack and at least seven players who could lay a claim to a spot.

Who Southgate should take to the summer tournament as his forward options – and how he uses them in a starting XI – is something that will be discussed on BBC Radio 5 live on the Monday Night Club (19:00 GMT), but who would you start with when the Three Lions begin their tournament against Croatia on 13 June?

BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live have whittled a long list of options down to a shortlist of seven – below you can take a look at some of their standout stats and you can rank them in order of who you think should start alongside Kane.

And tune into the Monday Night Club to hear who Chris Sutton and Micah Richards are backing, as well as the result of your combined lists. Only ranked lists made before 20:00 GMT on Monday, 22 March will count towards the result.

Who should start alongside Kane?

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Rank the attackers you think should start for England at the Euros along with Harry Kane.

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Honourable mentions

First of all, who is not on our list?

Bukayo Saka, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tammy Abraham, Harvey Barnes, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Ollie Watkins and Patrick Bamford are among those who just miss out on our seven-man shortlist of who could start for Southgate, and expect Sutton and Richards to argue the case for a few of them on Monday Night Club.

Feel passionately one of them will start at the Euros? Use the comments at the bottom of the page to tell us (or go here if you are using the app).

The seven – a quick look

England's options at a glance
Player Games Goals per game Assists per game Goals + assists per game Chances created per game
Foden 22 0.27 0.23 0.5 1.41
Grealish 22 0.27 0.45 0.73 3.41
Maddison 23 0.35 0.22 0.57 1.83
Mount 28 0.18 0.11 0.29 2.46
Rashford 29 0.31 0.24 0.55 1.17
Sancho 21 0.29 0.43 0.71 2.76
Sterling 25 0.36 0.2 0.56 1.28
All stats from league games this season

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

England caps: 3

Phil Foden

Phil Foden has played the fewest number of Premier League minutes this season out of all of England's potential attacking options but that does not mean he has contributed the least – far from it.

He has six goals and five assists for Manchester City this season and also boasts the best passing accuracy (87.52%).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

England caps: 5

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has earned plenty of plaudits this season and deservedly so. He is a big player for Villa and it is of little coincidence that, during the midfielder's absence with a leg injury, the Midlands club have won just one of their last seven games.

None of England's other attacking options have created as many chances in the Premier League as Grealish has (75). He has been involved in 16 goals (six goals and 10 assists) for Villa this season, contributing towards 0.73 goals per game, the highest of all the players on our shortlist.

James Maddison (Leicester City)

England caps: 1

James Maddison

James Maddison's start to the season was disrupted by a hip injury but despite that he has been a hugely influential player for Leicester in their push to secure a top-four finish.

He has been involved in 13 goals (eight goals and five assists) and created 42 chances in 23 games for the Foxes in the Premier League this term.

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

England caps: 13

Mason Mount

Gareth Southgate had to defend his selection of Mason Mount back in October but the Chelsea man is showing why Southgate, Frank Lampard and now new Blues boss Thomas Tuchel rate him so highly.

His raw numbers come out lower than his rivals, with his eight Premier League goal involvements the lowest of the seven players, but he might be able to point to some sloppy finishing by his team-mates for that, as Mount is second only to Jack Grealish in terms of the opportunities he has created (68).

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

England caps: 40

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford may have been doing very good things off the pitch over the last year but he also continues to provide an important contribution to a Manchester United side that are sitting second in the Premier League.

While his nine Premier League goals this season is the highest on the list, the forward may not have been quite as prolific as he was in the 2019-20 season, when he hit 17 goals. Rashford has 11 goals in 40 appearances for England.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

England caps: 58

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling is an excellent all rounder. Of the options listed here, he has attempted the most number of dribbles (111), has the second-best passing accuracy (86.07%) and has been involved in 14 goals (nine goals and five assists) for Manchester City this season.

Pep Guardiola has rotated his side often to deal with the congested fixture list but Sterling is one of the players to still feature regularly, having made 25 appearances for the side who are storming their way to the Premier League title.

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

England caps: 18

Jadon Sancho

Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho had an incredible season in the Bundesliga last season as he finished with 17 goals and 16 assists.

He has not quite been able to replicate that form so far this term, with Dortmund struggling overall, but with six goals and nine assists in 21 games in the Bundesliga he has still been a standout player for the German side. His involvement in 15 goals for Dortmund still ranks among the best compared with the players on this list, as does his average of 2.76 chances created per game, second only to Grealish.

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Comment posted by BritAbroad, today at 06:58BritAbroad

06:58I think the author is confused between midfield and attack.14510P

Reply posted by Peter, today at 07:27Peter

07:27to BritAbroad"I think the author is confused between midfield and attack."Peter replied: England play a system where attacking midfielders are part of the attack.

Perhaps it is you who is confused?2681More replies (12)downL

Comment posted by LUFC1919, today at 06:20LUFC1919

06:20If Southgate plays two attackers with Kane it’s going to be a problem fitting his 8 defensive players in as well.1322D

Reply posted by Doug, today at 06:23Doug

06:23to LUFC1919"If Southgate plays two attackers with Kane it’s going to be a problem fitting his 8 defensive players in as well."Doug replied: Maybe Eric Dier as a forward 😋643More replies (6)downA

Comment posted by amancan, today at 06:58amancan

06:58Just please play 4-3-3. Five at the back is embarrassing when we have this many attacking options.871C

Reply posted by Cheggers, today at 08:29Cheggers

08:29to amancan"Just please play 4-3-3. Five at the back is embarrassing when we have this many attacking options."Cheggers replied: 4-3-3 Doesnt work for Southgateball – based on starting 3 RBs in the team, 2 defensive sideways midfielders and Dier/Walker gifting goals/pens against any decent opposition.392More replies (7)downF

Comment posted by Forestfan, today at 06:40Forestfan

06:40Grealish. No brainer.887A

Reply posted by amancan, today at 07:06amancan

07:06to Forestfan"Grealish. No brainer."amancan replied: Totally agree. He’s been England’s best attacking midfielder and actually made them fun to watch at times.471More replies (6)downS

Comment posted by skeptic, today at 06:48skeptic

06:48Really confusing why Patrick Bamford is not mentioned anywhere in this entire article yet has more goal contributions than the lot of them.8023A

Reply posted by amancan, today at 07:01amancan

07:01to skeptic"Really confusing why Patrick Bamford is not mentioned anywhere in this entire article yet has more goal contributions than the lot of them."amancan replied: No doubt an excellent season for him but he’s just not had enough time in the top division of football.2247More replies (17)downP

Comment posted by Pete Barrett, today at 06:59Pete Barrett

06:59Those statistics are more or less meaningless. Grealish is the main man for Villa, and everything goes through him, so of course he looks good. Is that the case for any of the others? No. They’re surrounded by players of comparable quality, who get a lot of the goals and assists.5512S

Reply posted by Sidioteque, today at 08:19Sidioteque

08:19to Pete Barrett"Those statistics are more or less meaningless. Grealish is the main man for Villa, and everything goes through him, so of course he looks good. Is that the case for any of the others? No. They’re surrounded by players of comparable quality, who get a lot of the goals and assists."Sidioteque replied: But at the same time, dortmund, Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Leicester are all teams tag at dominate the ball more than villa and therefore create more opportunities for those others listed to create / score. Grealish all day for me.393More replies (4)downM

Comment posted by Merrymole, today at 06:47Merrymole

06:47Problem you have is you assume there is 4 positions up for grabs. With Southgate going all defence orientated you have 5 at the back, 2 defensive midfielders (dier & rice) plus GK plus Kane leaves 2 players.

Now don’t get me wrong that approach is shocking but it’s what he has come up as he has descended into madness.402A

Reply posted by amancan, today at 07:02amancan

07:02to Merrymole"Problem you have is you assume there is 4 positions up for grabs. With Southgate going all defence orientated you have 5 at the back, 2 defensive midfielders (dier & rice) plus GK plus Kane leaves 2 players.Now don’t get me wrong that approach is shocking but it’s what he has come up as he has descended into madness."amancan replied: I think you’re unfortunately correct. We have an embarrassment of attacking options this generation and it’s being wasted!302More replies (3)downS

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Comment posted by Sidioteque, today at 08:21Sidioteque

08:21Grealish all day. It’s funny how England have been crying out for someone confident on the ball and who can create since gazza. Finally one comes along (and no I’m not saying he’s as good as Gazza (god forbid)) and there’s a debate as to whether he starts.

He should be first name on the team sheet.372H

Reply posted by Honest discussion, today at 08:29Honest discussion

08:29to Sidioteque"Grealish all day. It’s funny how England have been crying out for someone confident on the ball and who can create since gazza. Finally one comes along (and no I’m not saying he’s as good as Gazza (god forbid)) and there’s a debate as to whether he starts. He should be first name on the team sheet."Honest discussion replied: Is there a debate? Started the last games he was for for, and we all seem to agree.40More replies (1)downR

Comment posted by RonForTheMoney, today at 07:22RonForTheMoney

07:22Possibly the best options for an England manager to ever take to a major tournament; Young, hungry, ambitious players and yet the team will still play defensively and scared to express themselves against teams at the top level. To take a talent like Grealish or Foden and tell them to pass sideways and contain if we go 1-0 up is an absolute crime but that’s what will inevitably happen.384A

Reply posted by amancan, today at 07:24amancan

07:24to RonForTheMoney"Possibly the best options for an England manager to ever take to a major tournament; Young, hungry, ambitious players and yet the team will still play defensively and scared to express themselves against teams at the top level. To take a talent like Grealish or Foden and tell them to pass sideways and contain if we go 1-0 up is an absolute crime but that’s what will inevitably happen."amancan replied: I’m sad to say I think you’re right. English football is the best cure for insomnia.260More replies (2)downM

Comment posted by me who knows you know, today at 07:06me who knows you know

07:06Foden and Grealish, wouldn’t bother with Sterling.389T

Reply posted by tmwls, today at 09:02tmwls

09:02to me who knows you know"Foden and Grealish, wouldn’t bother with Sterling."tmwls replied: Sterling has been excellent for City for most of the season (dropped off slightly lately), and is the best out and out winger we have. Rashford has had a bang average season and Sancho has never shown up in and England shirt.304More replies (1)downJ

Comment posted by Jay, today at 11:28Jay

11:28Henderson
Walker Stones Mguire Shaw
Hendo Rice
Foden Grealish Stirling
Kane221M

Reply posted by Mr_Sharpy, today at 12:07Mr_Sharpy

12:07to Jay"HendersonWalker Stones Mguire Shaw Hendo Rice Foden Grealish Stirling Kane"Mr_Sharpy replied: Change Henderson to Pope, and Maguire to Ezri Konsa and we’ll win the Euros27More replies (4)downR

Comment posted by raging_bull, today at 07:49raging_bull

07:49The key here is Southgate using the right system that will get the best of our talent rich attacking midfielders. Rashford and Sterling are hugely over rated, Grealish, Mount and Foden behind Kane would be my option.204K

Reply posted by Karen, today at 10:26Karen

10:26to raging_bull"The key here is Southgate using the right system that will get the best of our talent rich attacking midfielders. Rashford and Sterling are hugely over rated, Grealish, Mount and Foden behind Kane would be my option."Karen replied: 100% agree. Foden and Lingard both play better behind a striker and could really offer something. Mount and Grealish or Maddison and Grealish are the best of the wing options. That then allows for any combo of Rice/Phillips/Ward-Prowse to sit behind but all 3 are players who can offer something going forward as well.

That could also accommodate Bamford and DCL up front as well.22More replies (2)downJ

Comment posted by JPF, today at 08:26JPF

08:26Why no Danny Ings?174D

Reply posted by DodgyMarbles, today at 08:48DodgyMarbles

08:48to JPF"Why no Danny Ings?"DodgyMarbles replied: Because, as a Saints fan, I’d rather people forgot him?92More replies (2)downD

Comment posted by Dano, today at 08:28Dano

08:28Grealish and Foden have to be in. Both can cause any team problems.110T

Comment posted by theconform, today at 09:50theconform

09:50Rashford is monumentally overrated.166J

Reply posted by J3YB, today at 13:14J3YB

13:14to theconform"Rashford is monumentally overrated."J3YB replied: One of only 7 players to score 50 PL goals by the age of 23. You’re wrong.00L

Comment posted by lawman, today at 08:23lawman

08:23Raheem Sterling is not good enough at the moment.Defenders know he’s going to cut in most of the time. He needs to up his game.
Jack Grealish has to start. If fully fit.
Patrick Bamford really deserves to be in the squad. Should be part of the substitutes.
Marcus Rashford is not fully fit.
Phil Foden should start. Capable of the changing the game at any point.
He needs experience in the squad..122T

Reply posted by tmwls, today at 09:08tmwls

09:08to lawman"Raheem Sterling is not good enough at the moment.Defenders know he’s going to cut in most of the time. He needs to up his game. Jack Grealish has to start. If fully fit.Patrick Bamford really deserves to be in the squad. Should be part of the substitutes.Marcus Rashford is not fully fit. Phil Foden should start. Capable of the changing the game at any point. He needs experience in the squad.."tmwls replied: So you say we need experience but then say that Sterling and Rashford two of our most experienced attackers shouldnt go but Foden and Bamford should? I completely agree about Foden and Grealish by the way but to suggest that Bamford should go over Sterling is ludicrous.132B

Comment posted by Bzamora, today at 09:39Bzamora

09:39Biggest problem is Southgate, utterly clueless, best defender in the Prem wan bissaka not in the squad….Vardy absolutely rinsing Maguire, against better players in the Euros he will be proven to be the liability he is. Grealish is a must, build it around him, the best English player since Gascoigne134S

Reply posted by Steely_Dan54, today at 10:43Steely_Dan54

10:43to Bzamora"Biggest problem is Southgate, utterly clueless, best defender in the Prem wan bissaka not in the squad….Vardy absolutely rinsing Maguire, against better players in the Euros he will be proven to be the liability he is. Grealish is a must, build it around him, the best English player since Gascoigne"Steely_Dan54 replied: Wan Bissaka is ponderous on the ball and doesn’t contribute offensively. You can’t play high tempo football and move the ball quickly with players who aren’t good on the ball. Just watch how laboured United are against anyone who sits in and you’ll realise how important it is to have full backs who are good going forward.44More replies (2)downA

Comment posted by ABM, today at 08:03ABM

08:03Anyone but not Rashford.134I

Comment posted by Isaac, today at 06:45Isaac

06:45Dominic Calvert-Lewin has 0.56 goals per game while the highest one on your list is 0.36 so to therefore not include him in the list is (reagrdless of the ‘honorable mention’ you describe) plainly stupid at best or at worst actually very disgusting and good reason for you to be fired.2113A

Reply posted by amancan, today at 07:05amancan

07:05to Isaac"Dominic Calvert-Lewin has 0.56 goals per game while the highest one on your list is 0.36 so to therefore not include him in the list is (reagrdless of the ‘honorable mention’ you describe) plainly stupid at best or at worst actually very disgusting and good reason for you to be fired."amancan replied: DCL should definitely be in the squad as back up for Kane. He’d replace Kane perfectly so to allow the other players to keep playing the same system and not miss a beat.271More replies (7)downY

Comment posted by Yozinthefog, today at 08:30Yozinthefog

08:30Danny Ings anyone??103C

Reply posted by cwmboi, today at 09:53cwmboi

09:53to Yozinthefog"Danny Ings anyone??"cwmboi replied: more likely to score in open play than Kane45More replies (2)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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