England’s attacking midfield options – ranked

It’s hard to believe that the England national team have had a problem with creativity for years.

After all, when it comes to attacking midfielders, the Three Lions boast the kind of depth most
countries can only dream of.

Gareth Southgate has a wealth of options at his disposal and has started introducing those
creative midfielders to his squad.

Let’s take a look at who’s out there, with one eye on Euro 2024.

Harvey ElliottHarvey Elliott

Elliott won the U21 Euros last summer / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Elliott was part of the young England Under-21 side that lifted the Euros last summer and has been in impressive form with Liverpool since. Now fully transformed into an attack-minded central midfielder, the 20-year-old has shown the potential needed to get a call-up in the near future.

Yet to earn a senior cap, Elliott has the misfortune of fighting with some of the best players in world football for a spot in Southgate’s midfield.

Morgan Gibbs-WhiteMorgan Gibbs-White

Gibbs-White is on the fringes of the England squad / Ami Ford/GettyImages

“We like Morgan, we think he’s progressing well,” said Southgate back in March, with Gibbs-White having ended last season in sparkling form with Nottingham Forest.

While the midfielder, who has won the Under-21 Euros and Under-17 World Cup with England, has not hit the same heights this term, he remains a player that could break into Southgate’s squad in the near future.

Mason MountMason Mount

Mount has struggled at Old Trafford / Michael Steele/GettyImages

Mount has tumbled down the pecking order for the Three Lions, partly owing to his underwhelming start at Manchester United. The 24-year-old may have plenty of national team experience, but he hasn’t featured for England since the quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup.

Of course, Man Utd’s woes are not down to Mount, but the midfielder has struggled to make an impression at Old Trafford, with Southgate seemingly icing him out until his club form picks up.

Eberechi EzeEberechi Eze

Eze now has two England caps / PressFocus/MB Media/GettyImages

Eze firmly finds himself in Southgate’s thinking these days having already represented England at senior level. The Crystal Palace man continues to develop with the Eagles, blossoming into a fine attacking midfielder.

His tricky feet and delightful dribbling makes him a great option for Southgate, although Eze will have to fend off some big names for a starting berth.

Cole PalmerCole Palmer

Palmer earned his first call-up this November / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Having been named in a senior squad for the first time, Palmer’s impressive early performances for Chelsea have been well and truly rewarded by Southgate.

Since his big-money switch from Manchester City, the youngster has blossomed under Mauricio Pochettino’s tutelage and is already one of the first names on the team sheet.

Having won the Under-21 Euros in the summer, Palmer is now ready for the step up.

James MaddisonJames Maddison

James Maddison has gone from strength to strength since joining Tottenham / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Maddison has been transformative since making the switch to Tottenham in the summer, a key creative focal point in Ange Postecoglou’s new-look Spurs side.

After a period of being frozen out by Southgate, Maddison now finds himself firmly in the England manager’s plans, picking up regular appearances for the Three Lions.

An injury has kept him out of November’s squad, but Maddison should be fit and firing for next summer’s European Championship.

Destiny Udogie, Phil FodenDestiny Udogie, Phil Foden

Foden is an automatic pick for England / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Foden has been an ever-present in the England squad since making his debut back in 2020. The Manchester City star is a guaranteed pick for Euro 2024 and has done his chances of starting at the tournament no harm with his recent showings at club level.

The 23-year-old also offers Southgate the versatility of being able to play in wide areas or as a number ten, making him an incredibly useful asset.

Foden is a manager’s dream and it’s up to Southgate to get the best out of him in a white shirt.

Jude BellinghamJude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham has the world at his feet / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Bellingham‘s meteoric rise has been nothing short of astonishing, yet at the same time it hasn’t been all that surprising.

The marquee signing for Real Madrid has looked destined to reach the top of the game ever since he pulled on a Borussia Dortmund shirt, and it now appears that he’s ready to run things for England on the international stage.

Undoubtedly, Bellingham is one of Gareth Southgate’s immediate picks.


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