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England manager Gareth Southgate has named his provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2020 – and now he has some even tougher decisions to make.
Southgate needs to whittle down his initial pool of players to a maximum of 26, although the Three Lions boss does have the option of naming just 24.
He has another week to make that decision, with the likes of Ben White, Ollie Watkins and Aaron Ramsdale all prime candidates to miss the cut.
The former Middlesbrough chief has some difficult decisions to make, but here at Daily Star Sport, we want to make Southgate’s life that little bit easier.
Our writers have each picked seven players from the provisional squad of 33 who they think should miss the cut. We hope you’re listening, Mr. Southgate.
Doomed seven: Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Tyrone Mings, Ben White, Bukayo Saka, Ollie Watkins, Mason Greenwood
Just how tough this decision was really showcases how strong England's team is now.
Ramsdale, Godfrey and White will be pleased by their first England call-ups, but ultimately they haven't quite done enough to worm their way into the senior squad.
Bukayo Saka was possibly the toughest decision of the lot, but you have to question what role he can play in a squad that already has Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and more. His time will come.
It was a fight between Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady for the final centre-back place, but ultimately I made my call on the basis Coady has impressed more than Mings in an England shirt of late.
Doomed seven: Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Conor Coady, James Ward-Prowse, Bukayo Saka, Ollie Watkins
More than three goalkeepers in the squad would be excessive, meaning Ramsdale is likely to miss out to more experienced backup choice Sam Johnstone.
White and Godfrey have benefitted from Gareth Southgate's decision to name an extended squad on Tuesday and would be shock inclusions if they somehow kept their places, while Coady will likely be the first on standby if Harry Maguire isn't fit enough to go.
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Should Kalvin Phillips be deemed fit, Ward-Prowse would surely be surplus to requirements in midfield, and Saka could miss out by the skin of his teeth simply because of Mason Greenwood's fine end to the season.
Watkins would likely be competing with Dominic Calvert-Lewin to play second fiddle to Harry Kane upfront, and the Everton striker may just edge it.
Doomed seven: Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Ollie Watkins, Bukayo Saka, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Kieran Trippier, Reece James
England are spoilt for choice in some areas of the pitch, and unfortunately for Reece James that includes right-back.
While he's done little wrong, it's simply not possible to leave out a title winning defender like Walker, and someone with a delivery as good as Trent Alexander Arnold
Doomed seven: Jadon Sancho, Conor Coady, Aaron Ramsdale, Ollie Watkins, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Southgate has plenty of strength-in-depth across all the key positions, which means the likes of Coady, Ramsdale, Godfrey and White won’t be getting any game time – so they're no big loss.
Euro 2020 probably comes one tournament too soon for Watkins, too, who has had a magnificent debut season with Aston Villa.
The two who are unlucky to miss out in my England squad are Everton ace Calvert-Lewin and Borussia Dortmund star Sancho.
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Both have undoubted quality and boast solid form across the entire season, but the likes of Mason Greenwood and Jack Grealish are the two wildcard options that England need.
Greenwood, in particular, is in on fire at the moment and while Grealish has just come back from injury, he should be fresh as a daisy for the Euros.
They're two players who offer something just a little bit different to what Southgate has in his armoury, and they get in for me at the expense of Sancho and Calvert-Lewin.
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