The 2020-21 Premier League season includes six London clubs, with Chelsea, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur currently competing against each other, Leicester City and Liverpool for a top four finish.
England’s top flight will send more players to Euro 2021 this summer than any other division across the world. The team that London clubs could hypothetically put together a team capable of winning the tournament alone. So, here’s our combined XI from London teams for the summer:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Starting goalkeeper for the world champions, Hugo Lloris has been prone to a number of mistakes per season over the past few year at Tottenham Hotspur, but the France number one remains one of the top goalkeepers in the world.
Didier Deschamps’ side are currently second favourites to win the tournament, five years after being upset at home by Portugal in the final. They arguably have the strongest squad on paper but if you’re not overly confident in them you could always use free bets for euro 2021 to back Les Bleus.
Right-back: Cedric Soares
Cedric Soares was the starting right-back when Portugal beat France in the Euro 2016 final. Now at Arsenal the 29-year-old is now in and out of the first team in the Premier League and competing with Joao Cancelo and Nelson Semedo at international level.
Often underrated, Cedric only has 34 caps to his name but has spent time on loan at Internazionale before joining the Gunners.
Centre-back: Kurt Zouma
Kurt Zouma is taking his time to live up to his potential but is arguably playing his best football since Thomas Tuchel took charge of Chelsea. The 26-year-old does only have seven caps to his name for the French national team but was part of their latest squad, suggesting he has every opportunity to be a part of it over the summer.
Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld
Belgium aren’t going to be overlooked this summer, backed up by a recent 3-1 victory over Wales and 8-0 thrashing of Belarus. Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld remains a key part of the Red Devils who have every opportunity to win this summer.
Although Spurs have been inconsistent this season, previous manager Jose Mourinho was inconsistent with his choice in defence so it might be harsh to blame any of the defenders individually.
Left-back: Ben Chilwell
A tough call between the Chelsea left-back and Sergio Reguilon, but Ben Chilwell is likely to start for England this summer whilst Spain usually go with Jordi Alba. Capable of playing both full-back and wingback the former Leicester City man is solid defensively and good going forward.
Central midfielder: N’Golo Kante
One of the elite holding midfielders in world football, N’Golo Kante struggled to get into the starting lineup when France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Such is the depth of Didier Deschamps’ squad.
The Chelsea holding midfielder now has 45 caps for his country and this could be his last chance to win the European Championships.
Central midfielder: Declan Rice
Picking the two central midfielders was tough but we went with West Ham United’s Declan Rice over the likes of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutnho, Mateo Kovacic and Tomas Soucek. Only 22 years old but a regular in the England national team these days, Rice is a good leader on the pitch and will be vital to protecting Gareth Southgate’s back four, as long as he recovers from injury.
Right forward: Kai Havertz
In and out of the Chelsea starting lineup, Kai Havertz is set to be part of Joachim Low’s Germany squad this summer. The former Bayer 04 Leverkusen star is capable of playing in any of the three supporting attacking midfield positions and makes the right wing role for us.
Attacking midfielder: Mason Mount
Chelsea players make up the bulk of our attack with the talent they have available. Mason Mount has been a regular in Gareth Southgate’s side and should play an important role in supplying the ball to England’s attack over the summer.
The attacking midfielder is both a playmaker and a goalscorer from his role; a good passer with a decent long range shot on him.
Left forward: Timo Werner
Limited at options in this role from London clubs, Timo Werner has been rotated out on the left for Chelsea this season. Although he’s not had the most productive debut Premier League season, he is still expected to score a few for Germany this summer.
Striker: Harry Kane
A strong candidate for the golden boot, Harry Kane has been scoring for fun for both England and Tottenham Hotspur over the years and so there was no other option to fill this spot in our XI.