talkSPORT co-host Charlie Austin has told the national manager to make the most of the amazing attacking players at his disposal… by playing all of them in one team!
And the Three Lions boss told talkSPORT in an exclusive chat on Tuesday he is relishing the options available to him.
There has been plenty of debate about who should be picked for the England squad for the Euros, with the likes of Leicester’s Harvey Barnes and Leeds striker Patrick Bamford in the running thanks to their brilliant seasons in the Premier League.
There’s also lots more experienced talent to pick from, although Southgate has come in for criticism over his more conservative line-ups over the years.
Darren Bent said on Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast that England have one of the best pools of talent to choose from in the whole of Europe, but still believes it’ll be a tough tournament for the Three Lions with doubts Southgate will go with an all-out attacking side.
But QPR striker Austin is excited about England’s chances at the delayed tournament, insisting they have the potential to be one of the most exciting teams to watch.
Ex-England international Bent told talkSPORT: “Attacking-wise England have got some unbelievable players, probably the most in a while in terms of the numbers they’ve got, but somehow Southgate has got to find a way to fit them all in.
“It’s all well and good having all these attacking players who are playing fantastically well for their club sides, but is he willing to put most of them in? I don’t think he’s going to.
“But they’re not the only ones, France have got some great talent coming through; they’ve got Kylian Mbappe who is one of the best in the world and they won the World Cup!
“There’s Spain who smashed Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Italy are getting back to their best – it’s going to be difficult for England.”
But Austin wants Southgate to throw his previous plans out the window and look to entertain supporters this summer instead, saying England should purely ‘aim to score more than the opponent’ at Euro 2020.
And he revealed the team he’d pick to help lead the nation to glory.
“Here’s what I’d do,” the QPR striker said on Drivetime.
“Pickford in goal, Kyle Walker at right-back, John Stones and Harry Maguire at centre-back and at left-back I’d pick Ben Chilwell.
“Declan Rice as a holding midfielder, then I’d play Foden, Maddison and Grealish as a three, with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane up front.
“You cannot have this many attacking players and not get them on the pitch. It’s an exciting time as an England supporter, right?
“We’ve got so many attacking players, so we’ve got to get them out there – we’ve GOT TO!
“Don’t have a back-five, we’ve got the attacking players, so just score more than the other team and be exciting to watch, give fans a reason to get behind them again.
“That’s what I think, anyway…”