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Live Reporting

Phil McNulty

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    England should have been moving on to the next phase of their Euro 2020 plans with friendlies against Italy and Denmark at Wembley - something reduced to an irrelevance by the global Coronavirus crisis which saw the sport halted and the tournament postponed.

    Manager Gareth Southgate wrote an open letter to England's fans telling them to "look out for each other" during the current pandemic.

    The Euros are now scheduled to take place next summer - so who will be in the England spotlight when sport resumes?

    We take a look a some of the players with the most to lose and gain over the next 15 months in terms of earning a starting slot in Gareth Southgate''s team.

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  3. Jordan Pickford (Everton)

    The big names with work to do

    Jordan Pickford

    The 26-year-old Everton keeper has been Southgate's long-time first choice, enhancing his reputation when England reached the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

    Pickford, however, has had a mixed season at Everton and was coming under increasing scrutiny with high-profile errors against Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Goodison Park, the latter seen by Southgate - although he also made outstanding saves to make amends in both games.

    Southgate is loyal but not endlessly and, when the game finally returns, Pickford must deliver more consistently and cut out the errors if he is to fight off the competition.

    In his defence, Pickford can rightly state he has never let England down in his 24 appearances, which include nine clean sheets, a 75% save ratio and, according to OPTA stats, no direct errors leading to goals.

    Pickford's ability with the ball at his feet is a big selling point with Southgate, averaging 28.55 passes per game at an accuracy of 71.51%. He now has an extra 12 months to cement his place or lose it - but he at least has an excellent record under Southgate to support his claims.

  4. John Stones (Manchester City)

    The big names with work to do

    John Stones

    The great hope, first at Everton then at Manchester City, has lost his way after becoming a key component in Southgate's plans - while even Pep Guardiola appears to have diminishing faith in the 25-year-old.

    Stones has been dogged by injury and poor form which means he has only made a total of 36 Premier League starts since that World Cup in Russia - which included an error-strewn performance for England against the Netherlands in the Uefa Nations League semi-final in Portugal.

    If Stones is not quite approaching the "now or never" stage of his career for club and country, then he certainly must start fulfilling all the wonderful potential he showed as a teenager at Everton before his £47.5m move to Etihad Stadium in summer 2016.

    Stones has all the attributes of the modern defender with pace, superb ability on the ball and strength in the air but is too often a mistake waiting to happen. He must improve or he will be on the outside looking in when the Euros eventually take place.

  5. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hostpur)

    The big names with work to do

    Deli Alli

    It does not seem so long ago that Dele was the natural fit between England's attack and midfield, a "number 10" of natural creative and goalscoring gifts that would serve Southgate for years to come.

    Still only 23, he has so much time on his side to come again but has not played since the Uefa Nations League third-placed play-off win on penalties in June 2019 and has suffered mixed form at club level.

    He is also facing increased competition in that area from the likes of Leicester City's James Maddison and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish but Dele remains a player who could still give so much to England, not just when the Euros take place but in the years beyond.

  6. Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

    The big names with work to do

    Kieran Trippier

    Not so much a question of form but fierce competition for the Bury-born 29-year-old, who was one of the heroes of England's 2018 World Cup.

    Trippier will be learning from the defensive master in coach Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid - and make no mistake if you cannot defend in a disciplined manner you do not get in his teams.

    The fight he faces is to keep some outstanding young competition at bay in the right-back position when Southgate is shaping up to have an embarrassment of riches.

    Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (21), Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka (22) and Reece James (20) at Chelsea will be forming an orderly queue for that slot when England resume service once again - although the idea of someone with Alexander-Arnold's more complete game suggests he may yet find a future place in midfield.

  7. James Maddison (Leicester City)

    The big names with work to do

    James Maddison

    Now this one may seem an unlikely name were it not for the nagging suspicion that Leicester City's talented 23-year-old midfield man still has a little to do to fully convince Southgate of his true worth.

    Maddison has had an outstanding season at Leicester City but has so far only played 34 minutes of full international football against Montenegro in November, with Southgate perhaps looking more favourably on Chelsea's Mason Mount.

    The Foxes' star still has work to do make his mark and with the likes of Mount and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish sure to be factored into any England equation as time goes on, he must use the extra time before the next Euros well.

  8. Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)

    The young pretenders

    Dean Henderson

    Burnley's Nick Pope had moved into position as Pickford's deputy, the dependable 27-year-old already winning two caps - but Sheffield United's Henderson has put a huge gloss on his reputation with some outstanding displays for The Blades in their magnificent campaign back in the Premier League.

    Strong in all aspects of the game and with huge self-confidence, Henderson has been so impressive that there has even been talk of the 23-year-old returning to parent club Manchester United next season and presenting a serious challenge to David de Gea should his form slip.

    If he does not make a return to Old Trafford, there may well be a scramble for his services. Henderson has conceded just 22 goals in 27 Premier League games with 10 clean sheets, with a record of just 24 goals conceded in all competitions with 11 clean sheets.

    If there was once crucial factor counting against Henderson, or indeed Pope, replacing Pickford for a major tournament it was a lack of experience at the elite level. When the Euros eventually start, he may have it.

  9. Phil Foden (Manchester City)

    The young pretenders

    Phil Foden

    The 19-year-old "Stockport Iniesta" has been earmarked for great things since he was named player of the tournament when England won the under-17 World Cup in 2017.

    And the manner in which he ran the show in Manchester City's recent Carabao Cup Final win against Aston Villa at Wembley only confirmed his status as the natural heir to the great David Silva when he leaves the club in the next few months.

    It should also provide the perfect platform for Foden to finally get regular first-team football at Manchester City and, in the eyes of many sound judges, make his claims for a place in the England set-up ahead of the rescheduled Euros irresistible.

    Indeed, such is his natural ability and unfazed, grounded confidence, Foden could even be a star of the showpiece.

  10. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

    The young pretenders

    Jack Grealish

    The stand-out performer in Aston Villa's season of struggle, Grealish has carried the responsibility of leading his club's fight for survival in outstanding fashion and was surely on course to earn an England call-up until the sport was halted.

    Grealish has often been portrayed as a direct rival to Maddison but he has also proved his versatility as a creator from wide positions.

    The 24-year-old has been tipped for big things for the last five years but is now fulfilling that potential, catching the eye of clubs such as Manchester United.

    Southgate is sure to have been impressed with his form and the stage appears set for him to get the chance to shine for England at some point in the future.

  11. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

    The young pretenders

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin

    Chelsea's Tammy Abraham was well ahead of Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order at the start of the season - his ability in front of goal putting him in front of the 23-year-old Everton striker as Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford struggled with long-term injuries.

    Calvert-Lewin has everything - a superb attitude, all-round ability and a tireless work ethic - except the vital commodity of being a regular marksman.

    Duncan Ferguson's brief spell as Everton's caretaker manager following Marco Silva's sacking, then the wise counsel of Carlo Ancelotti, has seen Calvert-Lewin discover that missing ingredient, with his goal in the 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United his 15th of the season.

    With confidence high and a new five-year contract signed, Calvert-Lewin will be ready to make his play for full England honours when the coronavirus crisis is over.

  12. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

    The young pretenders

    Bukayo Saka

    The 18-year-old who has shown a natural ability as a left-back or wide forward has performed so well for Arsenal that he has already attracted the attention of some of Europe's top clubs as The Gunners try to tie him down to a new long-term deal.

    Saka has pace, confidence and a magnificent delivery from out wide. It is a potent weapon which will have put him on Southgate's radar having already won honours at England's junior levels.

    New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has huge faith in Saka. He has created 13 chances in 12 Premier League starts, testimony to his creative instincts.

    Leicester City's Ben Chilwell has England's left-back slot nailed down at present but do not bet against Saka emerging as a candidate for the next Euros if his current progress continues when football resumes.