EURO 2020 kicks-off today and much has been made of the English Football League experience in England’s squad.

While none of the players in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man set-up have Oxford United on their CV, some count the Kassam Stadium among the grounds they have appeared at.

These are the England players who have graced the Grenoble Road turf, in friendlies or competitive fixtures.


The Manchester United goalkeeper featured 48 times on loan at Shrewsbury Town in 2017/18 and his fifth game was away at United on August 26, 2017.

The stopper saved brilliantly from Jon Obika in the second half, but he could not stop Gino van Kessel slotting home 15 minutes from time.

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Dean Henderson (right) cannot stop Gino van Kessel putting Oxford United 1-0 up in August 2017 Picture: David Fleming

Shrewsbury quickly equalised through Stefan Payne, in a campaign where they reached the Sky Bet League One play-off final.


Now an England regular, the left back played three cup games for Leicester City in 2015/16 – the season they won the Premier League.

The Foxes came to Grenoble Road for a friendly that July and triumphed 2-1, but went behind to a Chris Maguire free-kick.

Chilwell played 60 minutes and featured in the Premier League and Champions League the season after.


The centre back joined Man Utd for a world-record £80m fee in 2019, but came through Sheffield United’s youth system.

That included an Emirates FA Cup third round clash with United in January 2013.

Maguire played the full 90 minutes as The Blades ran out 3-0 winners.

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Harry Maguire (right) playing for Sheffield United in 2013 Picture: Damian Halliwell


The Manchester City defender played in an unfamiliar holding midfield role when the Premier League champions visited the Kassam Stadium in September 2018.

Stones completed 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup third round clash, which Pep Guardiola’s side won 3-0.


White is the first player in our list to have run out twice in OX4.

The centre back made his second senior appearance for Brighton & Hove Albion in a 4-2 Carabao Cup second round win in October 2016.

The 23-year-old came back to Grenoble Road with Peterborough United in February 2019, when the visitors triumphed 1-0.

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Ben White goes down under Jerome Sinclair's challenge playing for Peterborough United in 2019 Picture: David Fleming


The midfield prodigy will always have fond memories of the Kassam Stadium.

Foden scored his first senior goal at the ground, striking late in Manchester City’s aforementioned 3-0 win in September 2018.

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Manchester City's Phil Foden celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the Carabao Cup third round match at the Kassam Stadium in 2018 Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The 21-year-old also played 90 minutes when Guardiola’s men visited again 15 months later, beating United 3-1 in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.


Rounding off the trio of England internationals to appear twice at United, Sterling’s games also came in City’s Carabao Cup wins.

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Raheem Sterling has Dan Agyei on his tail in December 2019 Picture: David Fleming

He was a second-half substitute in 2018, but made the difference on his next visit.

Matty Taylor had equalised for the U’s within seconds of the restart, but Sterling struck twice to secure a semi-final spot for City.