England’s best XI of uncapped players - including Rangers, Newcastle United and Aston Villa stars
Here is our England XI of uncapped players.
Gareth Southgate announced his latest England squad on Thursday ahead of the international friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast.
The Three Lions boss has handed call-ups to the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters, Conor Gallagher and Tyrick Mitchell, however there are still a number of the Premier League’s biggest talents that have missed out.
The 2021/22 campaign has seen a host of young stars shine and they have since been considered for a spot in the England squad, however Southgate has kept the faith in a number of out of form players, including Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.
We have put together England’s XI made up of players that are yet to earn an international cap - however we haven’t included those that could make their debut in the two friendlies over the next week.
Goalkeeper - Etienne Green
Etienne Green was born in Colchester to an English father and a French mother.
The young goalkeeper, who was named after Saint Etienne, moved to France at the age of four.
He joined Saint Etienne as a youth player in 2009 and has made 15 appearances in Ligue 1 for them this season.
Green switched his international allegiance to England in August 2021 and made his debut for the U21 team in October.
The 21-year-old could progress to the senior team in the future, but will currently be well behind the likes of Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope.
Right-back - James Tavernier
England have so many brilliant right-backs, so it is unlikely James Tavernier will actually make an appearance for his national team, but he is definitely making a huge impression in Scotland.
The Rangers captain has been with the club since 2015 and has been one of their best players since, scoring 44 goals and assisting an impressive 53 in the Scottish Premiership.
He has also shone in Europe this season, scoring four goals and claiming three assists in 10 appearances.
Centre-backs - Enzri Konsa & Max Kilman
Aston Villa and England fans have called for Ezri Konsa to be called up for some time now, however Southgate seems to prefer his club teammate, Tyrone Mings.
The defender has become a regular in Villa’s team over the past few seasons and would certainly bolster a Three Lions back-line that isn’t looking too strong at present.
Max Kilman has also been brilliant for Wolves this season and obviously has a good partnership with England international Conor Coady in defence.
The Midlands club have only conceded 26 goals this season - only Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea have let in fewer.
Left-back - Matt Targett
Now that Kyle Walker-Peters and Tyrick Mitchell have been called up, Matt Targett is the only remaining success from this season that is yet to earn a cap in the left-back spot - assuming KWP and Mitchell make their debut this weekend.
The 26-year-old impressed for Aston Villa until he was forced out of the starting XI by the arrival of Lucas Digne.
He then signed for Newcastle United on loan and has been exceptional for them as they look to escape potential relegation.
Midfielders - Eberechi Eze, Jacob Ramsey & Harvey Elliott
Eberechi Eze and Harvey Elliott’s inclusion may be controversial as they have both just returned from long-term injuries, however the form they had been in prior to them was excellent.
Eze had only just received an England call-up before he injured his achilles last May, while Elliott had established himself as a regular under Jurgen Klopp.
If the duo can get back to their best this year, then they will be on their way to their Three Lions debuts.
Meanwhile, Jacob Ramsey has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season for Villa and has scored six goals in the league this season.
Many called for the 20-year-old to be included in the squad, but it may have come too early for the youngster.
Wingers - Jarrod Bowen & Jack Harrison
Jarrod Bowen has been one of the Premier League’s best players this season and probably would have been called up for this week’s friendlies if he hadn’t recently picked up an injury.
If the West Ham man’s form continues then he will be a good shout for the World Cup squad.
The other winger’s spot was a tricky one as most of England’s potential attacking stars have already earned at least one cap.
It was between Jack Harrison and Damarai Gray for me, and the latter only really shone for Everton in the first few months while Rafa Benitez enjoyed his very short-lived success as Toffees boss.
Granted, Harrison hasn’t been as impressive this season, however he enjoyed a very good first season in the Premier League last time out, scoring eight and assisting eight.
Striker - Ivan Toney
It is quite surprising that Ivan Toney hasn’t been considered for an England call-up yet after scoring eleven goals in the league this season for Brentford.
The 26-year-old has continued to impress following a stellar period in the Championship with the Bees, however he has failed to get ahead of former Brentford forward, Ollie Watkins, in the England pecking order.