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Telegraph Fantasy Football: check out our Three Lions team

The Three Lions League is one of our most popular (and unique) public leagues open to all to play. Check out our all-England selections to help inform your own choices

Flying off the back of the European Championship edition of Telegraph Fantasy Football there’s no better time to consider your Three Lions line-up while performances are fresh in the mind.

As the name suggests, any team in this league must solely feature players that are eligible to play for England.

The premium you expect to pay for English players in the transfer market extends to Telegraph Fantasy Football and, without a sacrifice in price tag upfront, it can be very difficult to field a strong team. Take a look at what we have gone for:

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Goalkeeper

Nick Pope, £4.1m

Turf Moor is famously not an easy place to score goals and Sean Dyche famously doesn’t play the most offensive and attractive football. All this plays into the hands of Pope, who not only managed 11 clean sheets last season but will also benefit from the points that can now be scored from making saves when his team are absorbing pressure.

Defenders

Ben Chilwell, £5m

Chelsea managed the second most clean sheets in the 2020-21 campaign, giving Chilwell a great base for scoring points. He had eight assists last season and whether it’s Timo Werner or another potential huge signing from a German club upfront for Chelsea, he’ll be providing plenty of dangerous crosses into the box for them to get on the end of.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, £4.4m

The Manchester United full back was the second highest fantasy-scoring English defender last season with two goals, five assists and 14 clean sheets. Unfortunately he didn’t really get a look in for the England squad with so much depth in his position. This year could bring a more consistent selection between the sticks for the Red Devils and, no matter who it is, this should help with organisation and add clean sheets to last season’s tally.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, £5.4m

Despite Liverpool having a bad season by their standards last year, this wing back still offered as many assists as the top-scoring Chilwell and with the return of Virgil van Dijk to their backline you would expect him to have considerably more clean sheets.

Matt Targett, £3.1m

Aston Villa aren’t a team you would typically consider as defensive, but they are well organised and had 15 clean sheets last season. Targett does occasionally feature further up the pitch and, being a regular starter, is great value for his price tag.

John Stones, £4m

After managing to force his way back into the Manchester City and England starting XIs last season, Stones will be brimming with confidence and expect him to start 10+ more games this campaign and feature right at the top of the points scoring for defenders.

Midfielders

Marcus Rashford, £6.3m

A leader on and off the pitch you can see why Rashford features regularly in Manchester United’s starting XI. Add to this the combined 25 goals and assists he managed in the 2020-21 campaign and he is a no-brainer for any Three Lions team.

James Ward-Prowse, £4.3m

Famous for his world-class set pieces, Ward-Prowse is always a danger in midfield for goals and assists. In addition to this he started a staggering 43 games across the Premier League and FA Cup last term and will also benefit from the new points that can be scored for tackles made – he averaged two a game in the league last season.

Mason Mount, £4.9m

It was uncertain whether he would feature as much under Thomas Tuchel as Frank Lampard last year, but it is clear that Mount is a manager’s dream as he cemented a starting position not only for his new Chelsea boss but also for Gareth Southgate at the Euros. Matching his seven goals and seven assists last term will be his minimum target for this season and he is another player who will benefit from the points scored for tackles made, as he averaged two a game last year.

Jack Harrison, £4m

Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play really suits fantasy football with his players working so hard at both ends of the pitch, but most importantly creating loads of chances. Harrison benefited from this last season and was the fourth highest points scorer. Having now signed permanently at Elland Road he is expected to be a regular feature in the starting XI, making him a great-value pick.

Striker

Ivan Toney, £4.2m

Coming in at £2.8m less than leading English forward Harry Kane, this is definitely the main “enabler” of the team that freed up a lot of budget. With uncertainty and change in Kane’s future, Jamie Vardy ageing and a new manager for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, looking further down the price list doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Last year Toney was breaking records in the Championship and, like Patrick Bamford and Ollie Watkins before him, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his form translate into the Premier League. 

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So there you have an example of a team that could compete in the Three Lions league. Plenty of stars and starters is the recipe for success, but don’t leave it too late to pick your team as it can be a headache to fit in all the top performers!

If you are ready to make your Three Lions teams for the new season of Telegraph Fantasy Football click here to get started.

Visit Telegraph Fantasy Football to sign up and select your team before the season kicks off on Friday, August 13.

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