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England starting XI for FIFA 2018 World Cup

England starting XI for FIFA 2018 World Cup

4) Goalkeepers and Defenders

Given Joe Hart’s decline in recent seasons, there is little surprise that in Russia, Gareth Southgate might finally unleash England’s new no 1. The most obvious choice should be Jack Butland. The Stoke City shotstopper has been in sensational form, despite Stoke’s travails this season. Statistically too, Butland has bettered Hart with his distribution. He has a commanding position and is surely one for the future. Gary Cahill might be the first name on the teamsheet. Despite being antagonised by the Chelsea supporters for their recent struggles, in hindsight though, Cahill has been a loyal and fervent servant for both club and country. He has had his struggles this season but still remains England’s best centre back. Alongside him would be John Stones, who has unarguably stepped up his game this season, after massively struggling for form last season. Kyle Walker has been a revelation since joining City, contributing 5 assists and a defensive solidity to the Citizens, and would surely be the first choice right-back. Ryan Bertrand should get the nod on the other defensive flank, given his consistency this season. Rose, on the other hand, has yet to impress this season and might just miss out on being the automatic starter.

3) Midfielders

This is one position where England is blessed with myriad players, but the quality of those players is always in doubt. Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson both play the same role domestically for their respective clubs and should fight it out for the place in the national side as well. Given Henderson’s injury record though, Dier might just get the nod, especially after the season he is having. Dele Alli and Adam Lallana would likely take up the creative positions. Despite the ups and downs Alli has had togo through this season, he remains one of the best players in the country, while Lallana still has ample time to gain match fitness, after his long-term absence. Ross Barkley too could provide an enticing option, given his fine work-rate and an eye for a pass.

2) Attackers

Raheem Sterling’s fine turn of fortunes is a blessing for the Three Lions. The former Liverpool winger has not only added goals to his game, but consistency has been his strongest asset this season. He has popped up time and time again with crucial goals for the Citizens, and would surely command an automatic starting XI position in Southgate’s side. On the other flank would be Manchester United’s own Messi, Jessie Lingard. No player has had the kind of turnaround like Lingard this season. From being a squad player, Lingard has turned into a match winner for the Red Devils, scoring goals for fun. Moreover, his work-rate has always been a strong point in his game. Leading the line would certainly be Spurs’ Harry Kane. Spurs’ over-reliance on their striker has been evident throughout the campaign, and in all fairness, Kane gets things done for the Lily Whites. On current form, he is easily one of the best in the world and would be looking to make a mark on the grand stage as well this summer.

1) Starting XI

GK – Jack Butland

CB – Gary Cahill

CB – John Stones

LB – Ryan Bertrand

RB – Kyle Walker

CM – Eric Dier

CM – Adam Lallana

AM – Dele Alli

LW – Raheem Sterling

RW – Jesse Lingard

ST – Harry Kane


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