England look ahead to the 2018 World Cup and the squad should include young talent
England have qualified for the 2018 World Cup, with the Three Lions enjoying slender wins over Slovenia and Lithuania to make it a very respectable eight wins and two draws. Gareth Southgate was clearly delighted with the professional job from his side but lamented the lack of quality in the final third when it came to the Lithuania match where England won by a single goal.
We’re now looking ahead to the England squad for the 2018 World Cup and we’re starting to warm to the idea that Harry Winks could be heading to Russia, with the Tottenham midfielder impressing on his debut and offering an additional option when it comes to bringing the ball forward.
“In many aspects we moved the ball quite well,” the England manager said.
“I was very pleased with Winks in that respect. For me one of the big things playing for England isn’t necessarily the opposition, but whether you can carry the England shirt. He showed he could, tried to carry the ball forward where he could and did well.”
The Bet365 Verdict
Bet365 have priced up a “To Be In Finals Squad” where each player has respective odds about them being “on the plane”.
There are several players guaranteed to be making the England 23-man squad for Russia next summer providing they don’t get injured.
Here are the sixteen players who are priced at 2/5 or bigger with bet365 to be selected by Gareth Southgate. Several Tottenham players are the shortest prices although Danny Rose and Adam Lallana remain sidelined for the time being.
Harry Kane 1/16
Dele Alli 1/10
Eric Dier 1/10
Kyle Walker 1/7
Danny Rose 1/6
Marcus Rashford 1/6
Gary Cahill 1/5
John Stones 1/5
Jordan Henderson 1/4
Jack Butland 2/7
Raheem Sterling 2/7
Adam Lallana 1/3
Joe Hart 1/3
Jordan Pickford 4/11
Jamie Vardy 4/11
Ryan Bertrand 2/5
There are four more players trading at big odds-on, with Keane and Jones expected to join Cahill and Stones as the four-man central defensive team, while Kieran Trippier is now ahead of the injured Nathaniel Clyne and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is considered likely despite being a Liverpool substitute.
Michael Keane 4/7
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 4/6
Kieran Trippier 4/6
Phil Jones 8/11
Should the above twenty players be selected, that leaves three spots left up for grabs. It’s likely that the midfield will need plugging and perhaps we will see Jesse Lingard and Jake Livermore involved, although Southgate could look outside of this pool.
Harry Maguire 5/6
Danny Welbeck 11/10
Jermain Defoe 5/4
Chris Smalling 5/4
Jesse Lingard 5/4
Fraser Forster 11/8
Daniel Sturridge 11/8
Nathaniel Clyne 6/4
Jake Livermore 7/4
Southgate has worked with several young players and perhaps Harry Winks has an opportunity to step up and be part of the set-up for next summer. The Tottenham midfielder has just been called up and he could be challenging Nathaniel Chalobah for a remaining spot.
Danny Drinkwater 5/2
Nathaniel Chalobah 9/2
Harry Winks 9/2
Tammy Abraham 9/1
Gareth Southgate will already have some strong ideas over which players will represent the Three Lions in Russia next summer, with Wayne Rooney’s international retirement meaning that Harry Kane is likely to continue as captain.
Kane is nailed-on to be in the World Cup squad and the same applies to Marcus Rashford who scored the winning goal against Slovakia and also looks to be playing an integral part for Manchester United this season.
Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy remains part of the set-up and Danny Welbeck could be the final forward selected in the 23-man squad, with the Arsenal forward having been a fairly permanent fixture in the England squad for several years.
Joe Hart currently retains the number one shirt although Jordan Pickford might yet demonstrate that he deserves to be following Kane out of the tunnel. Meanwhile, Phil Jones and Gary Cahill are currently the first choice pairing in central defence, with John Stones and Michael Keane expected to deputise.
Danny Rose is due back from injury soon and is likely to rival Ryan Bertrand for the left-back position, while Kieran Trippier and former Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker look set to be the right-back options unless Nathaniel Clyne can shine for Liverpool again.
The midfield department looks fairly straightforward, with Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Jordan Henderson looking like established personnel, while Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can often be wasteful with their final ball but look set to get the nod from Southgate.
We think that Harry Winks could end up playing a lot for Tottenham this season and that could lead to the young midfielder getting the call-up considering he doesn’t have a huge amount of competition.
PREDICTED ENGLAND WORLD CUP 2018 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford
Left-backs: Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand
Right-backs: Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Centre-halves: Michael Keane, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones
Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck