The England Under 21s have so far continued a fine summer for the national set-up by progressing from the group stage of this year’s Euros. Whether they can go on to match the extraordinary achievement of the World Cup winning under-20s only time will tell but however they fare this coming week several of the team will be hoping the tournament acts as a springboard to full honours under Gareth Southgate. These special few currently head the queue.

Jordan Pickford

Given his recent big-money move to Everton, a magnificent season last, and the ever-lessening reputation of Joe Hart it’s inconceivable that the 23 year old isn’t destined to feature in at least one major tournament in the not-too-distant future.

Jack Butland may have something to say about any long-term aspirations Pickford has of nailing down an England position but that can only be to our benefit to have two superb stoppers battling to be number one.

Mason Holgate

Equally adept in the centre of defence or as right-back Holgate’s versatility only adds to his ever-burgeoning estimation from many who have watched his steady progress through the Goodison ranks.

An impressive Euros should see him elevated into the full squad in no time and especially so when further Premier League experience next term rounds out his game. Has the potential to be a highly accomplished defender but may be viewed right now as a decent gamble. Speaking of which if decent gambles appeal then Online Betting offers the best online betting consoles.

James Ward-Prowse

An all-too-brief and disappointing full debut last year won’t dent the long-term chances of Southampton’s set-piece specialist who continues to pick up new admirers all the time.

Having recently signed a lengthy contract with the Saints his future looks secure and the under 21s captain will be looking to capitalise on England’s short-comings in central midfield and even cement a starting spot ahead of Russia 2018. By Gareth Southgate’s own admission it’s an area still to be finalised.

Nathaniel Chalobah

The Sierra-Leonean born midfielder/defender spoke this week about a ‘barrier’ that exists between Chelsea’s mightily impressive youth set-up and the first team. Having been loaned out to six different clubs in recent seasons the 22 year old will feel that he’s served his dues now and look to Antonio Conte for a genuine shot with his parent club.

That though is a domestic concern. As regards to Chalobah’s international hopes it only appears bright and getting brighter with a formidable 39 caps at under 21 level already to his name.


Tammy Abraham

Surprisingly omitted from the Poland game Abraham will be extra keen to fire his way into the headlines this summer ahead of a season-long loan spell with Swansea.

His 23 goals in the Championship last year for Bristol City placed him firmly on the radar and while he now faces a battle with Fernando Llorente for a Swansea shirt should he prevail and notch a few goals at the highest level early on expect him to be in the running for a squad place when England face Lithuania in October.