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Assessing 7 Candidates Who Could Start Alongside Harry Maguire for England in Defence at Euro 2020

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While Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho continue to stake their claims for starts in attack, the major battle is at the heart of the England defence, with a number of defenders hoping they’ll be the one to start alongside permanent fixture Harry Maguire in next summer’s 2020 European Championships.

Here's a look at the seven candidates who are all desperate to convince manager Gareth Southgate that they should be the man to start next to Manchester United defender Maguire for England.

? With another set of European Championship qualifiers behind us, competition for places in the England side is really starting to heat up in all areas of the pitch.



Although Michael Keane was reasonably solid alongside Maguire against Bulgaria, he had a bit of a ?nightmare on Tuesday night at St Mary’s, gifting Kosovo the lead with a dreadful misplaced pass inside the first 36 seconds.

His current injury means he is not playing for Manchester City at the moment and he now faces a real battle to get back into the England starting eleven.

Ben Godfrey is more of an obscure candidate, but the England Under-21 international’s performances for Norwich City over the last year mean he is deserving of a mention.

He played in all seven of England’s World Cup games in 2018 and even netted two goals in the 6-1 victory over Panama.
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