England’s World Cup squad – who would you take?

Gareth Southgate will name his provisional 35-man squad this week, knowing he’ll need to trim it down to 23 for the official World Cup squad by 4th June. Everyone will have an opinion of who should go and who should be left at home – but the final squad is likely to be:

 

Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford

A real talent who is emerging as England’s number 1 – possibly for many years to come. Inexperience is his only drawback, but his ability makes up for that.

Jack Butland

He will be pushing Pickford for the jersey but he has been part of a relegated team this season, which won’t do him any favours.

Joe Hart

Has tons of experience, which Southgate will value, especially to mentor Pickford – that will give him the nod over Burnley’s Nick Pope.

Defence

Kyle Walker

Improved at City and one of the first names on Southgate’s list. Likely to be used as a wing-back or in a new right-sided central defender role he was recently played in.

Gary Cahill

Started playing regularly again and Chelsea have been better for it. Although he missed out on the last squad, experience will again be in his favour.

John Stones

Stones has barely featured in the second half of the season for City, but Southgate is a big fan and will see him as a fresh option due to his lack of games recently.

Kieran Trippier

Done well for Spurs domestically and in Europe this season. Bags of pace and can compliment Walker on the right with attacking instincts on the left.

Ryan Bertrand

Suffered from injuries of late and will be competition to Trippier on the left. Has equal amounts of pace and is sure to make the plane.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Still young but is now the established right-back at Liverpool. He’s impressed during their Champions League run and also showed at Chelsea last week that he can play in central midfield, too.

Phil Jones

If he is fit, he will probably go to the World Cup as a squad player for his experience amongst an inexperienced defence.

Danny Rose

Another favourite of Southgate’s and is a safe pair of hands if called upon. Struggled to get into the Spurs team this year, but reliability will swing it for him.

Midfield

Raheem Sterling

Transformed under Pep Guardiola, becoming one of the most prolific players in the Premier League this season. He is England’s most dangerous player and could have an impactful World Cup.

Jack Wilshere

Some may be surprised, but he’s the only English player that can receive the ball on the half-turn in midfield and start attacks.

Jesse Lingard

Excellent in the friendly win in Holland in March and has scored some very good and important goals for Man United this season.

Jordan Henderson

Model professional and consistent. A leader and possible England captain.

Dele Alli

One of few flair player’s that England has. Can pop up with crucial goals and links midfield and attack brilliantly on his day. Temperament has always been an issue, so has to curb that or his tournament could be short lived.

Eric Dier

Versatile and dependant – the ideal squad player. Will be pushing for a starting place and could have an important role to play.

Fabian Delph

Another improver under Pep and provides Southgate with good options at both left-back and in central midfield.

Ashley Young

Although he has played at left-back in the main this season for Man United, he is likely to be included to offer the option of full-back or left wing.

Forwards

Harry Kane 

Guaranteed to be in Russia this summer. The whole of England are relying on him and his goals to make this a more enjoyable tournament to watch.

Jamie Vardy

He’s had a very good season without making the headlines he once did. Bags of pace that will scare any defender and scores important goals at important times.

Danny Welbeck

Has struggled immensely with injury but has returned to the Arsenal team and looking to be getting back to his best. A goal scorer and potential starter.

Marcus Rashford

A great option from the bench and not been helped by Mourinho this season. Raw talent and bright future ahead.

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