With the domestic season now over for England’s major teams, the focus of the attention now switches to the international stage. Next month’s European Championships could well prove to be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent history as a result of the wealth of talent throughout the competition. However, as international managers and players involved in the tournament will have a sole focus of success in France, domestic managers will be furiously negotiating to bring in their targets ahead of the next league campaign. Many of Roy Hodgson’s England squad will be among those names being scouted, with good performances at Euro 2016 only heightening their growing reputations.
The likes of John Stones, Daniel Sturridge and Andros Townsend all thought to be the subject of transfer activity during the summer, Roy Hodgson has a fight on his hands to maintain the focus of some of his most prized assets. With Hodgson having named his provisional squad for the Euro’s this week, the England squad is unlikely to surprise many as the former Inter Milan manager puts faith in the names that ensured their countries participation in France. Marcus Rashford and Fabian Delph are perhaps the two biggest surprises in the squad, however their inclusion in the final twenty-three man squad seems unlikely. Bookmakers Coral have full coverage of the upcoming tournament, and they tip England at 9/1 to claim a first European title.
Everton defender was caught in the middle of a transfer saga between Chelsea and the Liverpool based side throughout the season, and is likely to once again seek a transfer away from Goodison Park after what has been another disappointing season on Merseyside. Manchester rivals United and City have reportedly joined Chelsea in the battle for Stones’ services, however it is Chelsea who remain the favourites with bookmakers Coral to sign the former Barnsley man.
Elsewhere, Daniel Sturridge heads to France off the back of a frustrating season under new manger Jurgen Klopp. Despite a fruitful end to the season, Liverpool’s number nine could well be seeking a move away from Anfield in the summer, with Arsenal 8/1 favourites with Coral to sign the former Manchester City and Chelsea man.
Following their relegation from the Premier League, Newcastle United face the prospect of losing a number of their better players. Despite having only signed for the North-East club in the January transfer window, Andros Townsend may well seek a move back to the top flight as he looks to fulfil his international ambitions. West ham and Southampton are both thought to be interested in triggering a report release clause in the former Tottenham man’s contract.