The 10 England players who have played most under Gareth Southgate

The 10 England players who have played most under Gareth Southgate

The 10 England players who have played most under Gareth Southgate

Only six of Gareth Southgate’s 10 most trusted England players will be in Germany after some big decisions.

10) Marcus Rashford (2738 minutes)

Tenth in minutes but third in England goalscorers under Gareth Southgate behind Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. But his truly rotten form during 2023/24 eventually cost him his England place. England will have to go deep into Euro 2024 for Bukayo Saka to catch him.  

9) Jordan Henderson (3441 minutes)

He’s had periods out of the starting XI and even out of the England squad but Gareth Southgate had always turned back towards the former Liverpool captain like a lovely red comfort blanket. Until he dropped him for Euro 2024 after a season in which he cocked it all up by going to Saudi Arabia.

8) Kieran Trippier (3608 minutes)

Whether at right-back, left-back, right wing-back or left wing-back, Trippier has largely been a mainstay of Southgate’s England. With Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold much younger men, it was thought Trippier might be phased out but Southgate trusts Trent more as a midfielder than a right-back. He goes to Euro 2024 as the first-choice back-up in two positions. 

7) Declan Rice (4157 minutes)

Only the second player on this list under the age of 27 and the only one not at the 2018 World Cup, where a midfield trio of Henderson, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard sent Southgate cap in hand to the not-very-Irish Irish international midfielder. It took some time for most but Southgate to be convinced of his worth but by the time Euro 2020 belatedly came around, he was integral to the way England play. The only real problem now is that there is no back-up. So don’t get broken, Declan.

6) Raheem Sterling (4196 minutes)

Sterling earned 55 of his 82 caps under Southgate. As it says here, ‘the bright young spark in 2014 became the scapegoat in 2016, the potential attacking weak spot in 2018, the national hero in 2020 and then, through no fault of his own, an outmoded elder statesman in 2022′. But he now seems to be on the outside of the England set-up and without the argument of being rather good for Chelsea.

5) John Stones (4930 minutes)

There was a spell when he lost his way for both club and country but mercifully Stones timed that blip between international tournaments. At three major tournaments he has been pretty much imperious, with Southgate recognising the classy and calm player Stones has become under Pep Guardiola. There’s a chance that he can still squeeze out another World Cup under Southgate or another manager.

4) Kyle Walker (5299 minutes)

If the World Cup illustrated anything it is that Walker remains a) really f**ing quick and b) absolutely trusted by Southgate, who has frequently rested the Yorkshireman through qualification campaigns, but always with the caveat that he does not need to play Walker in every single game because he knows exactly what he can do. He will be an easy player to discard when Southgate is replaced but we will absolutely miss his ludicrous pace (and chest control).

3) Harry Maguire (5545 minutes)

Looked a shoo-in for his fourth straight international tournament despite any and all club travails, but an injury that ruled have ruled him out of the group stages of Euro 2024 eventually ruled him out of the whole shebang. Now a real possibility that we have seen the last of him in an England shirt.

2) Jordan Pickford (5625 minutes)

Often questioned by outsiders but almost never doubted by Southgate, who has nurtured England’s best tournament goalkeeper since Peter Shilton. He could easily spend the next six years between England’s posts, getting really angry at occasionally being asked to do his actual job.

1) Harry Kane (6006 minutes)

The man. The don. England’s only real striker with an astonishing 58 goals in 74 games under Southgate. Just don’t ask him to take more than one penalty in a game.

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