5) Jack Wilshere
The Arsenal midfielder has always been touted as the player of the highest potential. After massively struggling with injuries in recent seasons, this campaign has been a one-off for the midfielder. He has looked fitter than ever and has shown signs of finally becoming the player everyone expected him to become. Moreover, Wilshere brings the much needed leadership and authority to the midfield, something which even the Three Lions lack. Their lacklustre performances in the last few games were a huge talking point. Neither of Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson have the ability to break stern defences therefore; Wilshere would be crucial in that sense. He can open up defences with his vision, a trait particularly on evident against Palace, when one long ball freed up Sanchez who scored a crucial goal at Selhurst Park.
4) Luke Shaw
While his time at Manchester United has been nothing less than disappointing, Luke Shaw does deserve a chance to represent the Three Lions. If not for his injury troubles, Shaw would right now surely have been England’s first choice, instead he finds himself playing second fiddle to the likes of Danny Rose. In addition to his injuries, he does not seem to have a good relation with Jose Mourinho, who has even questioned his attitude at times. He has forced his way back in the side and has had good performances. Rose has had his problems this season, while Shaw is clearly a better option than Bertrand whilst attacking.
3) Jesse Lingard
Manchester United’s own Messi, Jesse Lingard has been a huge success this season. After showing shades of his fine potential in recent years, Lingard has come to life this season scoring crucial goals. Unlike others, none have ever recognised Lingard’s potential; however, this season has been above expectations. He has become United’s difference maker but with Sanchez’s arrival has already seen his starting place gone. Nevertheless, expectations and confidence will be high for the Englishman going in the World Cup. The likes of Ross Barkley and Lallana were the only real threats but both have struggled for game time this season.
2) Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez has made a smooth return to form since returning from the cruciate ligament injury. The long term injury to Nathaniel Clyne has certainly helped his growth. A central defender by trade, Gomez has been remarkable filling in at right back and has looked confident with every passing game. His performance against Brazil would surely be decisive when Southgate selects the team, given Gomez’s remarkable performance against a heavyweight side like Brazil. Competition is fierce with Harry Maguire already a strong prospect, nevertheless, even a place on the bench would go a long way towards building Gomez’ personality.
1) Tammy Abraham
Like Gomez, Abraham faces a huge task of making it to the national side especially considering the fact that he has yet to score a goal in the league since October. In fairness though, Swansea have been a bigger mess than Abraham and the youngster should by no means be held accountable for the lack of goals. When given a chance against Germany in November, Abraham showed that he was good enough to compete against strong defenders. Though he will surely not surpass Kane and Vardy by any means, a place on the bench would be a vital experience for the young striker.