If we take a honest look at ourselves and actually be honest we just aren’t that good! We overachieved at the last 2 tournaments even with the the relatively easy runs we’ve had! So if we analyse the starting 11 from the euro final and see if and how they’ve kicked on and if we use the common thought in club football that the Champions league is the highest level you can play!
Gk Pickford! (Everton)
Whilst being quite Solid Always looks like he has a mistake in him! Also playing for Everton he defiantly gets no Champions League football, (Hasn’t kicked on)
Rwb Trippier (Newcastle) probably our strongest position depth wise but he’s gone from Athetico winning the la Liga and playing Champoins league to playing for Newcastle No Champions league (Hasn’t kicked on)
Cb Walker (Man City) plays mostly RB for Man City he’s solid but like the a formation strength at Rb/Rwb gets shoehorn into the team at cb and doesn’t usually let us down plays Champions league football
Cb Stones (Man City) been in and out of the Man City Team the past few seasons at one point looking like he was going up for sale but when given a run of games and be consistent he’s probably our most talented CB, Plays Champions League.
Cb Maguire (Man Utd) he’s a difficult one last season became a meme and a bit of a running joke! His form was terrible and he is prone to clangers but was usually solid for England! I think if you pick on club form then there’s no way he could be included and it would probably do him good to step out of the firing line to recompose himself.
next season no Champions league football.
Lwb Shaw (Man Utd) was solid the whole tournament and scored in the final but a inconsistent season last year plus injuries means he hasn’t kicked on from then and that is likely to be his peak! No Champions league next year!
Cm Phillips (Leeds)
this is where we fall down most in terms of squad strength, Can you see him playing for the one of the best Club teams in the world? 26 years old never played European football let alone Champions league!
Cm Rice (West Ham) never Played Champions league although does seem to have some ability!
Lw/lam Mount (Chelsea) he’s a funny one a bit marmite! Like a lot of players of his flits in and out of games but is young has time to work his weaknesses! Plays Champions league!
Rw/Ram Sterling (Man City) Great player probably should score more but is one of our better players! Play Champions league.
Cf Kane (Tottenham) not sure I need to say much about him key player in our team! Plays champion league Football!
now I’m not saying it’s the be all and end all but all the best players play champions league football and by playing the best it’s the best way to learn and improve! But you look at it objectively only 3 (Kane, Walker and Sterling) maybe Stones at a push are considered key players in regular Champions league playing teams so maybe we just ain’t as good as we think we are!