Who Will Roy Take: The Men Who Could Keep Goal
January 19, 2016
With England qualified and the group already announced things are hotting up in the England camp when it comes to whether who is in the squad, and who is out.
Over the coming days we’ll be looking at exactly who deserves a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad, and who exactly we think the boss will be taking.
We’ll look at their performances in previous matches, their past experience at international level, and what’s to come from the hopefuls ahead of boarding the plane to France and fighting to bring home one of international football’s most prestigious prizes.
Naturally we’ll have to start with goalkeepers and with three guaranteed to board the plane, just who will get the nod?
It’s a no-brainer, Joe Hart is the England number one and, if injury free, that isn’t going to change. Not only is he one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers, he plays in one of the best sides, and already has played in two major tournaments despite being just 28 years of age.
With 57 caps for England he’ll go into the tournament as one of the Three Lions’ most experienced players and will no doubt be integral in England’s progression through the Euros.
At Just 22-years-old Jack Butland is really starting to kick on in the Premier League, putting in some solid performances for Stoke.
He’s been a hot prospect for a number of years and will no doubt take over the gloves from Joe Hart in good time. He was part of the squad back in 2012 so already has tournament experience and is likely to be back up for Hart should any problems occur.
The youngster is ambitious and the next tournament in 2020 we could well see him between the sticks.
Plying his trade in the Championship, Tom Heaton has featured in a number of England squads recently and could well be Roy’s third choice in the summer, and has all the skills to cut it at a higher level.
Captain of Burnley he earned his first call up in May 2015 and again in October, although did not feature in any of the qualifying campaign, and should he make the squad will likely be third in the pecking order for a start.
Xavi is a big fan of Fraser Forster and even picked the Southampton stopper in his ultimate British Champions League dream team claiming he would be a huge success with Barcelona.
One thing is for sure, if it wasn’t for Joe Hart, Forster would have more than just three caps. He was in the squad as back up for Joe Hart in the World Cup and proves time and time again for The Saints he’s a real quality keeper.
It’s still unsure whether he’ll make the squad due to an injury which has only just seen him return to the Southampton goal. Clean sheets in his first two games back is a good sign, and he’ll be hoping to build on that and find his previous form ahead of the summer.