After England’s disappointing defeat to Denmark, Gareth Southgate’s mind will already be on the November international break.

The Three Lions will play three games in quick succession once again and Southgate will likely pick another large squad to deal with the fixture list.

But who could we see make a surprise appearance? We pick out five players who should be on the England boss’ radar.

The young gunner

Breaking an Alan Shearer goalscoring record is no mean feat and Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah (pictured above) did just that on Tuesday night.

In his 12th appearance for England U21s, Nketiah scored his 14th goal to become the leading scorer at the level in the country’s history.

Nketiah has already opened his account in the Premier League this season and with more games being squeezed into the international breaks due to COVID-19, he could get his chance with the seniors.

It’s not an easy forward line to break into, but Nketiah is a classic poacher and may be an option Southgate likes.

The forgotten man

In March 2019, Southgate handed 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi a full England debut before he had even started a Premier League game for Chelsea.

That is the mark of how highly the England boss rates Hudson-Odoi and if it weren’t for injury, the chances are Southgate would have used him a lot more.

But the teenager has struggled to recover from a nasty Achilles problem and hasn’t hit the heights at Stamford Bridge yet.

If he takes his chance this season, every suggestion is that Southgate will quickly look to bring him back into the fold.

The late bloomer

Sheffield United’s Jack O’Connell may not be a glamourous choice but the Liverpudlian took to the Premier League with ease last season.

O’Connell, 26, started 32 games for the Blades and they conceded just 28 goals when he was on the pitch.

Comfortable on the ball, the defender has the added bonus of playing as part of a back three for his club, something Southgate will place extra importance on giving his desire to use that system.

England are weakest at centre-back, meaning any English defender who puts in consistently good displays has a real chance of making a squad.

The one-cap wonder

It is two years since Lewis Dunk made his only England appearance, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over the USA.

Since then, Dunk has got more Premier League experience under his belt, been made Brighton’s club captain and continued to show he may be worth another look.

Graham Potter’s revolution on the south coast means Dunk is playing in a side who look to pass it out from the back and he is surely a better option than playing Kyle Walker out of position.

The left-field choice

Eberechi Eze swapped QPR for Crystal Palace in the summer and only has four top-flight appearances to his name but he is a legitimate wildcard option for England.

Eze sparkled for QPR last campaign, scoring 14 goals and setting up a further eight from an attacking midfield role.

If the 22-year-old transfers that form to the top-flight, his skill set will be hard to ignore.


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