GARETH SOUTHGATE admits he is facing some “big decisions” on how to squeeze England’s abundance of attacking talent into his Euro plans.

The Three Lions have the chance to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy this summer as the coronavirus-delayed European Championship kicks off a year later than planned.

That postponement has given time for prospects that would have missed out last year the chance to flourish, with Phil Foden and Jack Grealish among those to shine during the congested autumn schedule.

James Maddison and Mason Mount are others pushing for a Euros place in that area of the field, leaving England manager Southgate tough decisions rather than a headache.

“Well, I can remember being at Middlesbrough playing Tottenham and we were 2-1 up in the game and Harry Redknapp put Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov on,” said the former Boro boss. “And I looked at my bench and I had five kids from the academy. Now, that’s a headache because you’re thinking, ‘Well, I’m not quite sure how we turn this game around and improve what we’ve got on the field’.

“When you’ve got a choice of some outstanding talent, now of course there’s big decisions you have to make. But in the end, you know, some of these decisions are sadly taken out of your hands.

“I mean, if I look at the squad for March we’re already without Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Harvey Barnes. James Justin, who we think has been doing exceptionally well at Leicester, is going to be out.

“So, you know, how many of these guys (are available)? There’s others who aren’t playing at the moment.

“And then actually it’s just a case of ‘right, who’s playing the best’. Who do we think has the pedigree, who’s performed at the high level before coupled with who’s in the form, who fits into the way we want to play with and without the ball?

“So, yes, of course there’s a lot of talent in those attacking areas, but what’s really exciting is that for years we’ve talked about development in English football and where are the creative players, how do we develop those types of players. We’ve had root and branch reviews and we’ve now (got them)."