Here’s what Gareth Southgate has learnt about his players from the Champions League final

Reece James was exemplary on the biggest night of his life, while Raheem Sterling’s current standing is becoming clear…Here’s what Gareth Southgate has learnt from the Champions League final

  • Foden will emerge stronger after his Champions League experience on Saturday
  • Walker has had an impressive season, though Saturday will be hard to shake off 
  • John Stones looked edgy and nervous for City in the Champions League final
  • The fact that Sterling was a shock starter is indicative of his standing under Pep
  • While Chelsea’s Reece James was exemplary on the biggest night of his life

There were seven England players on show in the final club match before Euro 2020 this summer. 

So, what did England manager Gareth Southgate learn about his stars in the Champions League final?

From Reece James to Phil Foden Sportsmail analyse what their performances showed the Three Lions boss.   

Sportsmail identify what Southgate has learnt about his stars in the Champions League final

Sportsmail identify what Southgate has learnt about his stars in the Champions League final

Phil Foden

Will emerge stronger for this experience. Buzzed around the Estadio Do Dragao with no fear during the opening exchanges but Chelsea eventually snuffed out his threat. 

Regardless, he heads into the Euros off the back of a brilliant breakthrough season. If they don’t already, the rest of Europe will know about Foden by the end of the tournament.

Foden will emerge stronger for this experience and heads into the Euros after a great season

Foden will emerge stronger for this experience and heads into the Euros after a great season

Foden will emerge stronger for this experience and heads into the Euros after a great season

Kyle Walker

The right back has had an impressive season, though Saturday will be hard to shake off ahead of England duty. It looked like his international career was over but the 31-year-old heads into the Euros as a key man for Southgate. 

But with Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold around this could be his final tournament.

Kyle Walker has had an impressive season, though Saturday night will be hard to shake off

Kyle Walker has had an impressive season, though Saturday night will be hard to shake off

Kyle Walker has had an impressive season, though Saturday night will be hard to shake off

John Stones

Looked edgy and nervous. He was lucky not to cost City a couple of early goals. He has been one of the success stories of the season but lack of concentration will be a concern for Southgate.

Still expected to start for England, particularly if Harry Maguire fails to shake off an ankle injury.

John Stones looked edgy and nervous for Manchester City in the Champions League final

John Stones looked edgy and nervous for Manchester City in the Champions League final

John Stones looked edgy and nervous for Manchester City in the Champions League final

Raheem Sterling

The fact that he was a surprise starter in Porto is indicative of his current standing under Pep Guardiola.

His lack of form will be a worry for Southgate. He is still likely to start the opener against Croatia, but his cast-iron guarantee of a place in the England starting XI is under threat from Foden and Mason Mount.

The fact that Sterling was a surprise starter is indicative of his standing under Pep Guardiola

The fact that Sterling was a surprise starter is indicative of his standing under Pep Guardiola

The fact that Sterling was a surprise starter is indicative of his standing under Pep Guardiola

Reece James

Exemplary on the biggest night of his life. Didn’t give Sterling a sniff. It appears to be a straight shootout between James and Alexander-Arnold for a place in Southgate’s final 26-man squad. 

After this performance, the England boss will find it difficult to leave James out.

Chelsea defender Reece James  (left) was exemplary on the biggest night of his life

Chelsea defender Reece James  (left) was exemplary on the biggest night of his life

Chelsea defender Reece James  (left) was exemplary on the biggest night of his life

Ben Chilwell

Had a slow start to the season but has found his form at just the right time for club and country. 

The left wing-back was superb in dealing with the threat of Riyad Mahrez and supported his forwards when he could. Should head into the Euros as England’s first-choice left-sided defender.

Ben Chilwell had a slow start to the season but has found his form at just the right time

Ben Chilwell had a slow start to the season but has found his form at just the right time

Ben Chilwell had a slow start to the season but has found his form at just the right time

Mason Mount

Kai Havertz took the applause but Mount’s pass to unlock City was as good as the finish. Nothing fazes the 22-year-old, not even his first Champions League final. 

Southgate loves him as does Thomas Tuchel. What’s not to love? 

Kai Havertz took the applause but Mason Mount’s pass to unlock City was as good as the finish

Kai Havertz took the applause but Mason Mount’s pass to unlock City was as good as the finish

Kai Havertz took the applause but Mason Mount’s pass to unlock City was as good as the finish

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