Who is England 2021 Player of the year?

What a year for English football.

Despite losing in the finals of the Euro’s, the Three Lions captured the hearts and minds of a Football-crazy nation, who truly believed it was coming home.

Back on September 1st, Leeds midfielder Kalvin Philips was awarded with the official England honour, after a breakout international campaign at the Euro’s.

However, despite Philips deserving the accolade, he was not the only argument for the award.

Here’s are some alternatives.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling wheels away in celebration after scoring England’s first goal of the Euros. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The Manchester City winger had a Euro’s to be proud of.

The Three Lions relied heavily on Sterling in the competitions opening games, with the 27- year old scoring all of England’s first three goals of the tournament, with goals in the 1-0 wins over Croatia and the Czech Republic in the group stage, as well as opening the scoring in England’s last 16 tie with Germany.

However, in addition to his on-field work, Sterling deserves praise for his off-field work also.

He was appointed an MBE this year, for his services to serving racial equality in sport, as well as setting up his own charitable foundation, just down the road from Wembley Stadium.

What a year for the boy from Brent.

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford celebrates during England’s quarter-final victory over Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Despite the almost constant debate over the England number one shirt, Pickford has been vital for the Three Lions this year.

Pickford has often had his doubters due to the occasional run of poor club form and the level of talent coming through behind him in England’s pecking order, but Gareth Southgate stood by his man through the Euro’s in a decision that certainly paid off.

Pickford was supreme between the stick in the run up to, and during, England’s Euro run – with the Everton shot-stopper not conceding a goal until Mikkel Damsgaard’s sublime free kick to open the scoring in the semi-finals against Denmark.

Pickford continued his excellent form into England’s nail-biting penalty shootout with Italy, saving both Andrea Belotti and Jorginho’s penalties as he fought to keep England in the game.

A worth contender.

Declan Rice

Declan rice on the ball for England against Italy in the Euro’s final. (Photo by Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images)

England’s Iron has been excellent for England in 2021.

Going into his first major tournament with the Three Lions, Rice was considered one of the certainties for a place in the starting XI, with debate over who would partner him.

Eventually it would be decided that Kalvin Philips would partner Rice as the second holding midfielder in Englands 4-2-3-1 system.

Whilst this system was hotly debated at first, Rice and Philips formed a perfect pairing for England, with their midfield solidity being a key reason for England’s progression deep into the Euro’s.

Excellent in ever game, Rice was awarded with Man of the Match in the final, despite being substituted late on as England fell heartbreakingly short.

Also, being just 22 years old, Rice has all the potential to be a world class player and have a long England career – he’s really only just getting started.

Here’s to the future.

Published by Callum Owen

18 years old Undergraduate at UCFB Wembley, studying Multimedia Sports Journalism Writing for Archball, WDSportz and on my personal blog Football and Formula One content

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