With Euro 2016 coming next summer, Roy Hodgson will be keeping a keen eye on the Premier League this season.
Players will be aware of it as well, and while the majority of the recent squad will be confident of making it to France, there are several positions that could be up for grabs in England’s tournament squad.
Some outsiders will fancy their chances of making it as well, and with the England boss watching on, a series of fine performances could make their name stand out.
There are usually one or two surprises in every tournament squad, and England’s is no different. We picked out four who could be surprise names in the England fold next summer.
The West Ham defender has been impressive for the Hammers so far this season, quickly getting over a horror show against Bournemouth to find his feet again.
With Luke Shaw’s injury likely to keep him out for six months or more, and unlikely to make Euro 2016, Cresswell could find himself in the squad if he continues to perform well. Leighton Baines is sure to be number one, but the back up spot is there to be taken. Kieran Gibbs and Danny Rose will fight him for it though.
Signed by Liverpool from Charlton in the summer, not many had anticipated that Gomez would be getting much first team football this season.
Instead the opposite has been the case, with him starting all five games so far in an unfamiliar left back position. He has impressed as well, looking solid and unconcerned by the step up to the Premier League. His ability to play in a number of positions could be of interest to manager Roy Hodgson.
There’s usually a surprise name in every England squad, Walcott, Barkley even Rooney over the years, and Alli is shaping up to be the name in 2016.
The midfielder is enjoying a solid start to his Tottenham career, starring in the Europa League win over Qarabag and also getting a goal against Leicester. With more Premier League starts a possibility, if he continues to perform, he could make it into the squad.
The midfielder has enjoyed a fine start to the season under Slaven Bilic, playing a big role in impressive wins over Arsenal and Liverpool.
Given a more creative role than he’s been accustomed to over the years, Noble has flourished, with the beginnings of a fine relationship with star man Dimitri Payet starting to show. England’s midfield may be packed, but injuries to key men could see him sneak in.