28 Mar 2017

Jamie Carragher Wants Southgate to Build England around Barkley and Alli

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that England manager Gareth Southgate should consider building the England team around midfielders Ross Barkley and Dele Alli.

These are some of the young blood introduced to the national team fold by former boss Roy Hodgson. Southgate will clearly consider these players as amongst the first names in the squad, as they have been quite impressive in the last few months. Dele Alli, especially, has been one of the best players in the Premier league this season. As England enter into a new era, Carragher says that Southgate should consider building the team around these two players in order to benefit for the long term.

Barkley is the oldest of the two at 23, while Dele Alli is only 20 years old. There have also been solutions that Harry Kane to lead the line on all occasions, and possibly replace Wayne Rooney as the preferred striker at the national team level.

The 23-year-old forward has certainly not disappointed his chances of becoming one of the top England strikers after managing to score 17 league goals and once again topped the goalscoring charts. Last season, he managed to win the Golden Boot award. Despite missing a major chunk of the first half, Kane has been able to storm his way to the top of the scoring charts.

“I can't wait to watch Tottenham and Everton go head-to-head on Sunday. Right at the heart of the action will be two exceptional young English players, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley.People say England haven't got good enough players, but just look at these two. We're lucky to have them. England boss Gareth Southgate should be at White Hart Lane on Sunday watching the pair of them and thinking about how he can find a system to bring the best out of both of them on the international stage,” said Carragher.