England squad and starting line-up, based on the Sky Sports Power Rankings
Last Updated: 13/03/18 1:18pm
We've compiled an England squad based on the stats-based Sky Sports Power Rankings, and there are some surprise selections...
England boss Gareth Southgate reveals his England squad on Thursday for upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy - but who should make the cut?
We've created a squad using the Sky Sports Power Rankings season chart - a system that awards points to players for 32 different matchday stats - to see which players have consistently excelled this term.
The season rankings favour players who have played more minutes, so big-star names such as John Stones, Danny Rose, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Theo Walcott all miss out - but three uncapped Burnley players are drafted in...
England regular Joe Hart misses out entirely after a poor season with West Ham and is replaced by Burnley stopper Nick Pope.
Pope has more than twice the number of Power Ranking points than any other English 'keeper and is joined by reserve stoppers Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
It's comparatively close between the English defenders in the season chart, with Kyle Walker leading the pack.
Ashley Young earns a recall, joining team-mate Chris Smalling, Harry Maguire, Lewis Dunk, Kyle Naughton and Burnley duo James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.
Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli have accrued considerably more points than other English midfielders this term, followed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jesse Lingard.
Andros Townsend's rich vein of form earns him an international recall, while Burnley's Jack Cork is included for the second successive squad.
The curve-ball selection is Leicester winger Marc Albrighton, who claims his first England call-up with a higher points tally that holding midfielder Eric Dier.
Unsurprisingly, Harry Kane is England's top-ranked forward - collecting nearly twice the number of points as runner-up Jamie Vardy.
Marcus Rashford guaranteed his inclusion with a match-winning double against Liverpool on Saturday, while evergreen Brighton striker Glenn Murray earns his first international call-up.
Ben Foster (West Brom), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Dale Stephen (Brighton) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
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