Eriksen is now in limbo with his contract expiring next summer. Roy Hodgson’s England take on Fernando Santos’ Portugal at Wembley Stadium on Thursday in their final friendly match preparation ahead of Euro 2016 in France this summer. Hodgson confirmed his final 23-man squad for the tournament which begins in earnest on June 10, with England’s first game of Group B the following evening against Russia at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. His first brush with widespread global recognition came with that Under-17 World Cup win, being voted the best player of the tournament (Cesc Fabregas is a previous winner) and scoring twice in the final. 29-year-old Eriksen has been invited by the European football governing body UEFA to the Euro 2020 final along with the paramedics who saved his life. He’s not a genuine football fan, he’s a fairweather supporter trying to share in their success by association. With many decisions still to be made ahead of the Three Lions’ opener, Sportsmail takes a look at the five things we should look out for at the Home of Football. England will play at home and this fact produces a clear disadvantage for the Azzurri.
It crystallised his view, as fellow England regular Kyle Walker celebrated a 10th piece of club silverware since swapping White Hart Lane for the Etihad in 2017, that he had to move if his career was to be one for posterity. The move was a complete hit – as he went on to score 21 times in his first season – becoming their top sharpshooter as they won a third straight title as well as the Italian Super Cup. Kane has played a pivotal role in Tottenham’s success in this season in the Premier League.The 27-year-old has seven goals to his name in this season so far and his assists have also helped Tottenham sit on the top of the Premier League table with 20 points from nine games. They lead Farnham Town by 20 points and on March 9, with a 2-0 victory over British Airways, won promotion with 11 games to spare. The young Chelsea star has bags of potential and he showed that in both games.
He left his hometown of Madeira for Portugal’s capital at a young age and never looked back. Tottenham’s players looked to be enjoying their time in the US as they prepared for their International Champions Cup clash against Roma in New Jersey. Fully aware of this, Gareth Southgate sought to change the climate around the England squad after taking over as manager in late 2016. Out went many established players – captain Wayne Rooney among them – to be gradually replaced by a younger generation without any baggage. England aren’t short of wingers, so he’s got a tough job on his hands. He nevertheless became the second-youngest player after Duncan Edwards to make his debut in a competitive game and the first player born in the 21st century to play for England. Having been handed the No 9 shirt for his debut in the country’s match with Australia in Sunderland last Friday, Rashford scored with his first shot after just 138 seconds. 4. Rashford from the bench? The full carnage of qualification hasn’t begun, but we are already beginning to discover the half-baked nature of the UEFA Nations League.
Although the 26-year-old has been given the No 2 jersey for the competition, his position is under threat with Liverpool’s 25-year-old full back Nathaniel Clyne breathing down his neck. 3. Walker or Clyne? But the north London club’s fifth player to make the squad – Kyle Walker – ostensibly faces the biggest challenge for his place in the starting XI. Excitement is building around his inclusion in the squad but it seems unlikely that he will usurp the other more experienced striking options ahead of him for a starting berth. They also saw off qualifying competition from the US, who will not be at the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The American failure and Panama success surprised everybody, none more so than US broadcasters Fox Sports, who committed £283million to show the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Gareth Southgate said the first time he was made captain was at school, because he was the best player.