England look ahead to the 2018 World Cup and the squad should include young talent
Gareth Southgate will hope that the FA decide to give him the England job on a permanent basis, with the Three Lions facing Scotland and Spain next month before a decision is made on the permanent successor to Sam Allardyce.
Southgate claims he “inherited a mess” after a win over Malta and a draw away to Slovenia, although there is the making of a pretty good squad and we’ve cast our sights towards the 2018 World Cup in an attempt to predict which players would be in the England squad.
The goalkeeper choice seems straightforward and we’re expecting to see Rose, Shaw, Clyne and Walker included in the squad for the World Cup providing that England qualify for it. There is then the four likely centre-half positions to be filled, with John Stones the most nailed-on pick, although Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill should also squeeze into the squad. Perhaps Curtis Davies can land the other spot.
Eric Dier will surely be classed as a midfield if he gets the nod with Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson is effectively the new captain, while Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling have both enjoyed a resurgence. Danny Drinkwater continues to perform at a high level for Leicester City and the same applies to Adam Lallana at Liverpool.
In attack, we’re expecting Wayne Rooney not to drop out of the squad altogether, while Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane could be the attacking first-reamers. Jamie Vardy should continue to be part of proceedings and the same applies to Daniel Sturridge.
ENGLAND EURO 2016 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Fraser Forster
Left-backs: Danny Rose, Luke Shaw
Right-backs: Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker
Centre-halves: Chris Smalling, John Stones, Curtis Davies, Gary Cahill
Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Danny Drinkwater, Theo Walcott
Forwards: Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney