Jose Mourinho names England XI he’d play at Euro 2020 with some controversial calls

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Jose Mourinho has named the England XI he'd play at Euro 2020 – and it's fair to say he's made some rather controversial calls.

The Portuguese manager has worked with some of the world's best players, including a handful in contention to feature for England in this summer's competition.

But just because Mourinho knows these individuals by name, doesn't mean to say he gave them preferential treatment.

To get his team started, Mourinho, who was speaking on talkSPORT, named a man he does know well in Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Between the sticks is one of England's weaker positions and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is expected to remain loyal to his preferred choice of Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford.

Jose Mourinho has named the England XI he'd play at Euro 2020
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But Mourinho believes Henderson would offer England a bit more.

In defence, assuming Red Devils captain Harry Maguire is still out injured, Mourinho has selected Manchester City centre-back John Stones and Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings.

England are spoilt for choice at right-back and Mourinho has selected Kyle Walker over Kieran Trippier and Reece James.

Mourinho believes the Man City defender has a little bit more experience than his England teammates and would be a safer bet.

The Three Lions are also pretty spoilt for choice at left-back too, with both Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell coming into the tournament on the back of sensational seasons.

Chilwell won the Champions League with Chelsea last season while Shaw was named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2020/21.

But after little deliberation Mourinho – who didn't get on too well with Shaw at Man United – picked Chilwell.

After making his decision, Mourinho said on talkSPORT: "I think he had a good season, clearly an evolution in terms of emotion and professionalism, but I think Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball. Wery calm under pressure. I like Chilwell."

Moving into midfield and Mourinho has selected both Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips as his holding duo.

He did consider young Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham for some time, admitting he is a huge fan of the Birmingham graduate, but in the end, went for the age and experience.

In front of Rice and Phillips, Mourinho has picked another Champions League winner from last season in Chelsea's Mason Mount.

England are blessed with some generational talent up top from serial Premier League winner Raheem Sterling to one of the most in-demand strikers on the planet.

Mourinho has selected a strong England team

The latter, Harry Kane, of course, made Mourinho's starting XI, but Sterling just missed out.

Marcus Rashford, who played under Mourinho at Manchester United, also missed out on a place in the team, with the Portuguese manager selecting Aston Villa's Jack Grealish on the left and Man City wonderkid Phil Foden on the right.

Mourinho said: "Harry Kane is untouchable, Jack Grealish is untouchable and the best position for Grealish is coming from the left.

"For me, Marcus Rashford can only play there. When he plays on the right, he is completely lost. He is very good on the left attacking spaces. But Grealish for me is tremendous and what he creates and his personality. He reminds me of Luis Figo. I like him very much.

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"Grealish on the left, Mason Mount as the number 10 and because I like the wingers to come inside, I would play Phil Foden on the right. I would play Foden, Mount, and Grealish, that is why I'm saying Phillips and Rice."

Mourinho did give a special mention to Jadon Sancho, but the Dortmund star just missed the cut.

England kick-start their Euro 2020 campaign on Sunday when they play host to Croatia.

Mourinho is confident the Three Lions are in with a good chance of winning the competition this summer and doesn't believe victory in the first game of the group stages is crucial.

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