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Vinnie Jones: England’s Young Guns Make Them the Favourites for Euro 2021

- 07:03, 25th March 2020

First off, I hope this finds you well and that you and your families are safe.

I’m good, and so are those close to me, but life has changed beyond imagination and recognition. It was one thing missing the footy, quite another when you're restricted in what you do in everyday life.

I saw Boris Johnson’s statement here on Monday and have spoken to a few mates in the UK. Thankfully most people are heeding the advice, but to those numpties - and I’m being polite here - who are not, get a grip!

We’ve got to help those who work for the NHS. Hopefully most of you have had no need to go to a hospital in recent years - I have. We lost Tans last year, but I’ll also never forget the help the NHS gave her in the years after her heart transplant.

I’ve just done an interview with the BBC’s Inside Out programme and told them how it wasn't just Tans’s life they saved, but mine too. They said she might have five years, but thanks to their help we had 32. Those people are priceless. Look after them.

Up to now, I’ve been able to play golf. There are restrictions on the course, but if everyone is sensible and there’s plenty of hand sanitiser around, we should be able to carry on.

Of course, everything can change - even overnight! Keep your spirits up, do the things you always wanted to do in the garden or in the home, all those jobs we put off for a ‘rainy’ day. There could be a good few of those ahead, so it’s time to get things done.

And we must look forward, especially when it comes to football.

Thinking about the beautiful game will keep us all going. It might be a few weeks off, but when the Premier League announce they are starting up again - whether that’s behind closed doors or not - you will hear the sighs of relief throughout the land.

Football could - and should - lead the way. It’s a billion-pound industry worldwide and the world will begin to turn again once the first ball is kicked - and you know that’s exactly what Liverpool’s millions of fans worldwide want to hear.

They might have to wait to lift the trophy, but the Premier League trophy engraver is on the last ‘l’ now - not the first! - and after this unplanned winter rest and something of a wobble in recent matches they will come back and finish off the job. 

Leeds can also finish the job. They’ve had their wobble but, like Klopp, Bielsa will ensure his players are keeping fit wherever they are. Leeds back in the top flight is definitely something to look forward to - I’d love to have led this team out.

With the Euros now postponed until 2021, there’s plenty of opportunity to wrap up the domestic season.

England Euro 2021 Favourites

Speaking of the Euros, England will still be one of the favourites and this extra year will work for Harry Kane to get him fit again. Not only that but, Gareth Southgate will have extra time to look at some of the amazing young talent breaking through the ranks.

Phil Foden will fancy his chances for next year as he looks to take over from David Silva in the heart of Guardiola’s midfield. Plenty of places are still up for grabs in the Three Lion’s midfielder three and England are still lacking that creative player.

Chelsea have the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tariq Lamptey, who's on-loan at Brighton - and a few of the newspapers are now linking them with Declan RIce. I can’t see the Hammers liking that, so we’ll see.

I like Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan-Bassaka at Manchester United, Jack Grealish at Villa, and Leicester’s pair of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are also top-notch. Plus, there is a lot to like about Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah at Arsenal.

Liverpool have Rhian Brewster on-loan at Swansea - but there’s talk about him coming to Leeds. He's also one to watch - but of all the youngsters out there, I just wish Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour was Welsh! What a player he is.

I love his swagger on the ball and how versatile his play is. This kind of confidence only comes with knowing how great you are.

You can’t help but feel that England are the favourites going into next year’s tournament and an extra year of top level football for some of the young guns will make all the difference to the look of Gareth Southgate’s side going into the tournament.

It’s an exciting time for young British players and let’s hope that next year’s Euro 2021 competition will give them the spotlight to shine.

With the way this year is going at the moment, you can’t help be feel like it’s needed.

Stay strong people. Remain active and help those closest to you. Keep friendships going wherever you are in the world - and keep the eye of the tiger.

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