Should Wales qualify and let’s face it they’re well on course to do so, then Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Jazz Richards are certainties for a place in the tournament squad.
Iceland, who top Group A, are on-course to qualify for their maiden tournament with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goals proving vital in their qualification campaign to date. He’s another who’s guaranteed a squad ticket to France.
The Big Pole in our goal, Lukasz Fabianski, is another who’s looking good for a place in the Euro’s with his country Poland currently sitting one point and place above Germany in Group D.
The chances of any of the Swans English contingent playing for Roy’s Boys are pretty slim I’d say. When Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routeledge have been touted as potential internationals with call-ups beckoning previously, their apparent and sometimes inconsistent form has put paid to any such notion. Sadly, I don’t think it’s likely to change either.
Jonjo Shelvey, although called up to the full England squad (the first Swans player ever to do so) for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, never got on the field of play. Only time will tell whether he has matured enough to take the step up, but on the evidence of his performances over the last few months of the season, he’s certainly taken not of Garry Monk’s advice (i.e bollocking!).
Jack Cork is a slight outside bet for a call-up perhaps, but given the apparent blind-eye given to English players this side of the Severn Bridge, I wouldn’t put money on it!
Bafetimbi Gomis with 12 international caps for France to his name, could make the host nation’s squad for the Championships – if he can continue to find the back of the net in the Premier League, especially as Didier Deschamps continues to rebuild the French team.
As Holland continue to fumble their way through qualification, call-ups for previous Oranje squad members Dwight Tiendalli and Marvin Emnes seem like a million miles away. On a side note, I never could get my head around how Tiendalli got a call-up in the first place, but that’s a debate for another day!
No doubt a lot will change between now and Euro 2016 both in terms of team qualifications but also players form – not to mention additions to the Swans squad of course!
At least we don’t have to wait too long, well only another 350 odd days the last time I counted…