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Euros: Will Gareth Southgate keep faith with Harry Maguire?

Despite another win for England, most of the talk after the 3-1 success against Scotland was about the mounting pressure on Harry Maguire after the centre-back scored an own goal.

Fans and pundits alike have questioned the 30-year-old’s selection due to his lack of game time at Manchester United over the last two seasons.

Head coach Gareth Southgate, though, has described the treatment of Maguire as "an absolute joke" and looks likely to keep him part of his plans, but will he continue to play the Yorkshireman?

We take a look at England’s centre-back options and who looks set to be included in the squad for Euro 2024.

What2024 European Championship
WhenFriday 14th June - Sunday 14th July 2024
How to watchBBC, ITV
OddsFrance 4/1, England 9/2, Germany 7/1, Spain 8/1, Portugal 9/1

John Stones

The Manchester City defender, if fit, seems certain to be part of England’s squad for next summer after fighting his way back into Pep Guardiola’s plans.

As well as his positional sense and calmness on the ball, the 29-year-old can also step into midfield and fill a gap, something he has done with the treble winners in the last 12 months.

Stones has 67 England caps and it currently seems unthinkable that he won’t be part of the party that travels to Germany next summer.

Odds to be in Finals Squad - 1/8

Harry Maguire

Although many feel his performances for England have been mostly good, his issues at club level continue to haunt him and that is putting pressure on Southgate and his faith in the former Leicester City man.

Having made his Three Lions debut in 2017, Maguire is currently on 59 caps and looking to play in his fourth major international tournament.

First-team opportunities at Old Trafford look limited and that could ultimately see him at risk of missing the Euros – with a move in the January transfer window currently appearing a strong possibility.

Odds to be in Finals Squad - 2/5

Marc Guehi

At 23, Guehi is still learning his trade, but has already shown at Crystal Palace that he has the ability to feature at the top level.

Another in a long line of players to have come through the ranks at Chelsea, the Eagles centre-back has featured for England at all levels since playing for the Under-16s back in 2015.

Guehi has established himself as a Premier League regular and his performances for Palace have seen him win six senior international caps to date.

Odds to be in Finals Squad - 1/4

Lewis Dunk

At the other end of the age scale, Dunk has looked the part when taking the step up to the international stage - having made his debut in May 2023.

The Brighton ace shone in the win over Scotland at Hampden Park and the impressive form of his club side could push his claims further.

The 31-year-old might not be the quickest, but he is more than capable of playing out from the back for the Three Lions just as he does exceptionally well for his club side under Roberto De Zerbi.

Odds to be in Finals Squad - 4/6

Ben White

When the Arsenal defender made his England debut in 2021, at the age of 23, it was thought he would establish himself as a Three Lions regular.

White was called up as a replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Euro 2020 squad, but didn’t feature and then left the 2022 World Cup party early due to 'personal reasons'.

The former Brighton man has not been selected since and there have been some reports suggesting a fallout with England manager Southgate and his staff.

Odds to be in Finals Squad - 5/1

Levi Colwill

Colwill played a key role in England’s recent European U21s Championship victory and has since stepped up to the senior squad.

After impressing on loan at Brighton last season, Chelsea decided the 20-year-old had a role to play at Stamford Bridge and he has been a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino so far this term.

If he keeps his place at club level, it seems likely Southgate will take him to the Euros, even if primarily for the tournament experience.

Odds to be in Finals Squad - 2/5

Fikayo Tomori

Tomori is one of four players selected in the latest squad who play their club football abroad, having spent the last couple of seasons at AC Milan.

The former Chelsea man helped the Rossoneri win the Serie A title in 2021-22 and regular Champions League experience can only help his prospects of featuring in the 23-man party next summer.

Odds to be in Finals Squad - 2/1

Eric Dier

The Tottenham defender is another player looking to make it to his fourth international tournament, but his chances seem to be diminishing by the week.

Dier is currently sat on 49 caps for England, with his last call-up coming back in March 2023, but he is yet to make a league appearance for Spurs this term.

Odds to be in Finals Squad: 8/1

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