It wasn’t meant to be for Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady and his England teammates last night.

The Three Lions were beaten on penalties by Italy at Wembley, meaning the wait goes on for football to come home.

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It was a fantastic effort from Gareth Southgate’s side, who probably exceeded expectations in reaching the final.

The players have been a credit to their country over the past few weeks, and this crop will surely be competing in the next few tournaments.

Euro 2020 being delayed means there is only just over a year to wait now until the next World Cup, which will be held in Qatar.

Southgate’s side still need to qualify, but they’ve won all three of their qualifiers so far, and are in a group with Hungary, Albania, Poland, Andorra and San Marino.

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Barring an absolute catastrophe England will be there for the winter tournament, but will Coady?

The star did not play any minutes at Euro 2020, with Southgate mainly playing John Stones and Harry Maguire as a pairing.

Tyrone Mings played the first two games, before Manchester United star Maguire came back into the starting XI.

When switching to a back three, he used Kyle Walker as the right-sided centre-half.

Lots of things will happen between now and November 22, but as things currently stand, Coady is in with a decent chance.

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He may not be an absolutely top-class centre-half, and performs a very specific role for Wolves, but everybody knows how good a leader he is.

 

He is a part of the England team’s ‘leadership group’ which consists of Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling (via Mirror).

Steve Holland recently talked up Coady’s leadership qualities as well.

Really, it is going to be a case of how well some of the other English centre-halves on the fringes of the squad get on in 2020/21.

Ben White, who also didn’t play any minutes at Euro 2020, could develop, as could the likes of Ezri Konsa and Ben Godfrey.

Then there are the slightly more experienced options like Michael Keane, Lewis Dunk and James Tarkowski.

Coady does need a strong season to assure his seat on the plane to Qatar.

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It is going to be interesting to see how he gets on under Bruno Lage at Molineux, especially if the new manager opts to implement a back four.

Southgate is certainly a loyal individual though, so there’s definitely a decent chance of him going to Qatar.

Coady’s leadership qualities are clearly valued by him, and he’s already even assumed the captain’s armband a few times.

One gets the feeling Southgate would love to have him on board.

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