England Squad vs Greece 2020
England manager David Beckham
has selected his 23-man squad for the friendly match against Greece next week. This will be the Three Lions' first friendly match since Euro 2020.
The Greeks will be going all-out to prove they can stand up to England, who are currently top of the FIFA World Rankings, but can they really overcome the Three Lions' powerful squad?
Left out of the squad is England captain Wayne Rooney
, for the first time in probably more than a decade. The 34-year-old is struggling with fitness issues, while also unable to find a new club after Manchester United released him from his contract.
Current Red Devils vice-captain Jonny Evans
is expected to take over the role of captaincy.
Rooney will apparently consider retiring if he does not sign with a new club by the end of the summer, but it is clear that it'll be very hard for the Manchester United legend to get called up to the national team again.
Capped 146 times by the nation, as well as scoring 67 international goals in an England kit, Rooney has also scored 211 goals in his 450 league appearances for Manchester United.
Another big-name omission from the squad is Fraser Forster
, with the Celtic goalie instead being replaced by Norwich keeper John Ruddy
. The 32-year-old has only 21 caps to his name and is normally regarded as third-choice in the nation's goalkeeping set-up.
With the retirement of Leighton Baines
, a replacement in the form of Southampton's Ritchie Rix
has been called up. A product of the Saints academy, 23-year-old Rix broke into the first team last season and looks to have a bright future at both St. Mary's and the England national team.
Arsenal midfielder Ron Poole
, on loan at Sunderland this season, is also included in the squad. The 21-year-old has made 5 appearances for Arsenal so far and is tipped to become a star for both club and country.
Bayern Munich right-back Ryan Garland
also returns to the international team, having failed to make the squad for the Euros due to an untimely injury, and his inclusion has ultimately forced Aston Villa's Kyle Walker
out of the squad.
Everton's latest signing Wilfried Zaha
is also included in the squad, for the first time in years.
Zaha has had a fairly uneventful career. Sacrificing the fame as a hot prospect at Crystal Palace for the limelight of the Premier League at Stoke City, Zaha joined the Potters in 2014 but made only 9 appearances in the Premier League in his first season. Subsequent seasons were even more unsuccessful but for some reason, he still managed to earn a move to Arsenal in 2017.
However, his time at the Emirates has also stalled him, as he made only 7 appearances in his first two seasons.
But by 2019, Zaha started to break into the first team a little bit more, and was a vital player as the Gunners cruised to their Premier League title last season. The 27-year-old was unfortunately still offloaded, being sold to fellow Premier League club Everton. However, his last few appearances as an Arsenal man has certainly impressed many, and David Beckham is one of them. With Wayne Rooney seemingly not returning to the team anytime soon, it'll now be Zaha's turn to revive his England career.