Paul Gascoigne at Italia ’90, Michael Owen at France ’98, who will be England’s star at Euro 2016?
In the final of our six-part prediction piece, we asked our writers to pick out who they think will be England’s best performer at this summer’s championships.
Five Tottenham Hotspur players are in Roy Hodgson’s squad and have ALL been tipped to excel, while there are also shouts for Three Lions from Arsenal and Manchester City.
Joe Fish, Reporter
England’s star: Dele Alli
“I think Dele Alli will be making headlines for England this summer either way. There is a danger that he loses his temperament and gets sent off, or his unbelievable talent shines through.”
Jonathan Machlin, US-based Reporter
England’s star: Harry Kane
“After winning the BPL Golden Boot, expectations will be high, and I think he’ll live up to them and then some.”
Ed Dove, Reporter
England’s star: Tottenham’s full-backs
Tottenham fan Ed thinks it could be the less-celebrated Spurs boys who thrive.
“I’m hoping and expecting the Tottenham quintet to thrive, but could it be Danny Rose and Kyle Walker – rather than their more celebrated cohorts – who steal the show?”
Joshua Parr, Social Media Analyst
England’s star: Dele Alli
“It’s a big step up from club football, but if there’s a player in the England side that can add that X-factor, it’s Alli.”
Jordan is a die-hard Liverpool fan but has ignored the five Reds in Hodgson’s squad to too plump for a Tottenham lad.
“Eric Dier will be praised for his solid performances at the base of midfield. He’s probably our best natural anchorman since Owen Hargreaves, who always did well at major tournaments too.”
Our Arsenal resident Ash could not possibly jump on the Spurs bandwagon. He has highlighted the only Gooner in Hodgson’s squad.
“Perhaps there’s a bit of bias creeping in here, but I think Jack Wilshere will be the key man for England this summer. Before last season’s lengthy injury layoff he was man of the match in six of his last seven England games, and he’s proven absolutely massive for our midfield. In the game against Portugal we saw how much of an impact he had on the game after being thrown on in the second half, and I can see a midfield of Wilshere and Eric Dier working wonders.”
Sumeet Paul, Reporter
England’s star: Jamie Vardy
“His pace, movement and eye for goal will cause problems for England’s rivals, and he couldn’t be in a more confident mood if rumours of his move to Arsenal are true.”
“Jamie Vardy will be having a party.”
“With a weaker England defence, Hart could be called into action to save his side on many occasions.”
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