There are always players that have a surprisingly strong season in a European Championship or World Cup year that cements them a place as a wildcard for the upcoming competition at the end of the season. Everybody remembers when Theo Walcott was handed a shock call up for the 2006 World Cup, while Rickie Lambert was given a place in the 2014 World Cup squad.
But, with England already among the favourites to win the European Championships next year with Novibet.co.uk, which players could make a shock charge for a place in next summer's squad?
The Aston Villa captain has also been talked about as a potential England star, and should he have an impressive season for the newcomers in 2019-20 then he could land himself a spot in the squad. Grealish has been a revelation for Villa in previous seasons and was an integral part in their promotion-winning campaign.
However, it just isn't his creativity and his goals that he brings to the party, but also the work rate in the midfield. He works tirelessly for the Villa in the midfield area, and that will be something that Gareth Southgate would be interested in having in his squad. Grealish will likely be going to head-to-head with James Maddison for a place in the squad, but a strong season could ensure the place is his.
England have an embarrassment of riches in the goalkeeping position at present, but Sheffield United's Dean Henderson could be eyeing up a place as the second or third choice stopper. Henderson has enjoyed loan spells away from Manchester United in each of the past two seasons, and both have ended in his side enjoying promotion push.
Ultimately, his time at Shrewsbury ended in playoff disappointment, but he rectified this by winning promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United in the following season. The Blades were able to get the stopper on another loan deal for their return to the top-flight, and he should they survive; he would have played an integral role in their success. He has already represented England at U20 and U21 level, and it is only a matter of time before he makes the senior squad.
There is certainly a spot available for an English striker in the current national team setup following the retirement of Jamie Vardy, and Abraham will be keen to ensure that the spot is his. He enjoyed a remarkable campaign in the Championship last season as his 25 goals led the Villa back into the Premier League. Frank Lampard didn't overlook this achievement as he handed Abraham the number nine shirt when he was appointed, which indicates that the Englishman will be his number one striker for the coming season.
A strong campaign for the forward could see him pick up the squad position as a back-up for Harry Kane at the Euros. The 21-year-old certainly has the skill-set to fulfil this expectancy as he has a build that is suitable for Premier League action. He is strong when holding the ball up and ruthless when given a chance in front of goal.