The most talked about the squad in every FIFA World Cup, England is hogging the back page headlines yet again. England manager Gareth Southgate announced his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and had quite a few questions unanswered. The two most significant talking points have been the inclusion of 19-year-old Liverpool defender, Trent Alexander Arnold, and the exclusion of pro campaigners Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere. Southgate has named five backups as well, but the duo failed to find a place even in that five-member list. Right from Ruben-Loftus Cheek in the midfield to Nick Pope at the goalpost, Southgate has surprised everyone who was waiting for the preliminary squad to be announced. He has focused more on youth, with Gary Cahill (32) being the oldest member.
England will play two friendlies against Nigeria (2 June) and Costa Rica (7 June) to test their young recruits before leaving for Russia on 12th June. They’ll kick-start their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Tunisia on 18th June 2018 at the Volgograd Arena. They’ll next play Panama on 24th June followed by their toughest group stage challenge against Belgium on 28th June. England has been a bit lucky with the grouping this time around as they have found themselves placed in a comparatively easier Group G. Belgium are most likely to be the only big hurdle for them in the group stages as Tunisia and Panama don’t look threatening on paper.
England Squad For FIFA World Cup 2018
Starting from the back, Jack Butland is expected to be their first choice Goalkeeper, with Jordan Pickford being his sub. The defense line will rely mostly on the Tottenham Hotspur man, Kieran Trippier, and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker. The other central defender is expected to be shared by Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, and Gary Cahill. The left-back is most likely going to be Manchester United’s, Ashley Young. The midfield hasn’t got a long list to pick from with Jesse Lingard, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, and Dele Alli being the key names.
The front line has all the firepower that Southgate could have hoped for. Marcus Rashford’s pace, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane’s deadly finishing, and Raheem Stirling’s pinpoint crosses will keep England in the driver’s seat. Surprisingly, Burnley’s Tom Heaton has been able to find his name only in the backups list. Here is how the full squad looks like.
Official Lineups of England
Check out the complete players and squad list of England team for the upcoming Russia World cup below.
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Jack Butland (Stoke)
Nick Pope (Burnley)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Harry Maguire (Leicester)
Phil Jones (Manchester Utd)
John Stones (Manchester City)
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Jordan Henderson, (Liverpool)
Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Lewis Cook (Bournemouth)
Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion)
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Check out official Brazil squad for World Cup 2018 here.