Southgate’s five-star surprises

With the 2016/17 domestic football campaign beginning to wane, attention will soon turn to what is considered one of those dates, most fans usually hate; international duty and no doubt manager Gareth Southgate is already starting to form a plan of his selection.

Who will Southgate favour?

However, with not much else on offer, it will be the last chance to see any ‘competitive’ action before the season ends for good. England are set to play an away qualifier against Scotland, before travelling to France for a friendly against Les Bleus and places are up for grabs.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing questions is, will there be any surprise inclusions when Gareth Southgate calls up his next England squad? With some standout performances throughout this season, there are a number of contenders who could be in line for a call-up.

Let’s look through five potential candidates who may have done enough to make the grade.

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On balance they have probably done enough throughout this season to warrant their selection. While many England fans are bored of seeing the same old names grind out a nervy result, this influx of talent might just freshen the side up.

While the season isn’t quite over, Southgate certainly needs to already have an idea in his head of who he is going to pick, with the match against Scotland, on pride alone, a huge game for the England faithful.