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Written by Braidon Dye Sub-edited by Noah Mitchell

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England are amongst the favourites to win the 2024 European Championships in Germany and Gareth Southgate’s England squad are full of talented players, particularly in the attacking positions. England attack is stacked with talent and a mixture of youth and experience. The England fan base have divided opinion on who they would like to see start in attack at next summer’s European championships. The choices Gareth Southgate has in attack must be giving him a positive headache.

The man who is nearly a guaranteed starter is England captain Harry Kane, who is England’s all-time top goal scorer and one of the most prolific strikers in the world. Harry Kane has scored 62 goals for England since his debut for the Three Lions in March 2015. Kane moved to Bayern Munich in the summer for over 100 million euro from Tottenham and has already scored 18 goals in all competitions this season and is has scored the most goals in a single Bundesliga season by an English player. Kane has also already beaten last season’s golden boot winner in the Bundesliga. 

Harry Kane’s biggest competitor for the number nine role is Ollie Watkins, Watkins has started this season on fire for Aston Villa with seven goals and five assists in 13 Premier League games and is playing a big role in a Villa team sat in the champions league spots. Ollie Watkins has scored three goals for England, averaging a goal a year since his debut in 2021. On current form Watkins is a competent player to start for England if anything happens to Harry Kane. 

On the right-wing the most likely starter is Arsenals Bukayo Saka, who has won England Player of the Year two years running. Saka has made 12 appearances in the league so far this season and has scored four and assisted five. The Arsenal winger has made 32 apps for England and scored 11 times. 

Phil Foden is another who could start at right wing as he did a few times at the Euros in 2021, Foden has three goals and three assists for Man City this season and has four goals for England since his debut in 2021 however Foden could also start on the left-wing. 

Marcus Rashford has had a slow start to the season with two goals and one assist but is someone who could be very useful for England with his pace, he has 17 goals in 59 apps for England so he has proven he can do it for the Three Lions and has a strong chance of starting on the left for England next summer. 

Raheem Sterling has proven he can do it at major tournaments with England at Euro 2021 where he scored many crucial goals on course to the final. Sterling has five goals and one assist this season which is a strong start in a struggling Chelsea team. Sterling has 20 goals in 82 apps for England and could be the answer for the Three Lions at left wing. 

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