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The predicted England team for the 2018 World Cup

Gareth Southgate includes Trent Alexander-Arnold in his England squad, while Fabian Delph is also called up at the expense of Adam Lallana

UPDATE 18.05.18
Gareth Southgate has named the 23-man England squad that will compete at the 2018 World Cup, with several bookmakers now pricing up which players will start the Three Lions’ Group G opener against Tunisia.

William Hill are one such bookmaker:

As you might expect, Harry Kane is a nailed-on 1/50 pick, although there could be some value further down the field. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a 3/1 chance to start and it’s clear that Gareth Southgate is a big fan of the Chelsea star.

Gary Cahill could also be in the back three and the Chelsea defender is a 7/2 poke to line up as part of a back three.

UPDATE 16.05.18
The 23-man England squad for the 2018 World Cup has been named, with no major surprises and it’s great to see Trent Alexander-Arnold get the nod.

TAA will be competition with Kieran Trippier for the right wing-back spot, while Danny Rose and Ashley Young will battle it out for the left-sided equivalent and Ryan Bertrand is a notable omission.

Adam Lallana misses out and it means that Fabian Delph gets included along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has shone for Palace.

Danny Welbeck has been selected as the fourth forward in the squad, with Nick Pope replacing Joe Hart as the third goalkeeper.

CONFIRMED SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS (3)
Jack Butland
Jordan Pickford
Nick Pope

CENTRAL DEFENDERS (5)
John Stones
Kyle Walker
Harry Maguire
Gary Cahill
Phil Jones

WING BACKS (4)
Danny Rose
Kieran Trippier
Ashley Young
Trent Alexander-Arnold

MIDFIELDERS (8)
Jordan Henderson
Dele Alli
Raheem Sterling
Eric Dier
Jesse Lingard
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Fabian Delph

FORWARDS
Harry Kane
Jamie Vardy
Marcus Rashford
Danny Welbeck

UPDATE 14.05.18
Gareth Southgate will announce his 23-man England squad on Wednesday and we’re fairly confident about the players who are going to be picked.

The England manager has been denied the chance to take Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, although everyone else is currently available and we’re going for the following players to be on the plane.

PREDICTED SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS (3)
Jack Butland
Jordan Pickford
Joe Hart

CENTRAL DEFENDERS (5)
John Stones
Kyle Walker
Harry Maguire
James Tarkowski
Phil Jones

WING BACKS (4)
Danny Rose
Kieran Trippier
Ashley Young
Trent Alexander-Arnold

MIDFIELDERS (8)
Jordan Henderson
Dele Alli
Raheem Sterling
Eric Dier
Jesse Lingard
Jack Wilshere
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Fabian Delph

FORWARDS
Harry Kane
Jamie Vardy
Marcus Rashford

Kyle Walker will be included as a centre half after his performances against Germany and Brazil, while Trent Alexander-Arnold can be the cover for Kieran Trippier on the right-hand side.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek seems heavily likely to be among the midfielders and it might be that Danny Welbeck misses out up top.

UPDATE 11.05.18

Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the rest of the season, with the Liverpool defender having to undergo ankle surgery and that means that another space becomes available for a central defender, on the basis that Gareth Southgate takes five for this position.

If Southgate is intent on taking three central defenders, then James Tarkowski looks likely to come into the squad and will join Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Phil Jones in the mix.

The three goalkeeper positions look filled, while we’re thinking that Ryan Bertrand might miss out as a left wing-back considering that Danny Rose and Ashley Young can also specialise in that position.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence means that Fabian Delph could come into the midfield area, with Danny Welbeck potentially snatching the final striker berth.

PREDICTED SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS
Jack Butland
Jordan Pickford
Joe Hart

CENTRAL DEFENDERS
John Stones
Kyle Walker
Harry Maguire
James Tarkowski
Phil Jones

WING BACKS
Danny Rose
Kieran Trippier
Ashley Young

MIDFIELDERS
Jordan Henderson
Dele Alli
Raheem Sterling
Eric Dier
Jesse Lingard
Jack Wilshere
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Fabian Delph

FORWARDS
Harry Kane
Jamie Vardy
Marcus Rashford
Danny Welbeck

PREDICTED TEAM v TUNISIA

Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Jones, Rose; Dier, Loftus-Cheek; Sterling, Kane, Lingard

UPDATE 04.05.18
Unfortunately, injuries are part and parcel of football and often have a bearing on the players that make it into the England World Cup squad.

It looked recently as though several Liverpool players would be on the plane to Russia, although Adam Lallana and now Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have sustained injuries which means that their participation looks less likely.

In the case of the Ox, Jurgen Klopp certainly fears the worst and it might be the case that Jonjo Shelvey gets the call instead, although Lewis Cook and Jake Livermore were the players called up in the last squad. Fabian Delph is another option.

Adam Lallana is apparently not injured anymore although Jurgen Klopp now says that the midfielder has to get match-fit, with Gareth Southgate not certain to take someone who has had such an injury-affected campaign.

With Delph’s versatility and the fact that he’s been part of a successful Manchester City team this season, perhaps the midfielder / defender squeezes into the reckoning.

PREDICTED SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS
Jack Butland
Jordan Pickford
Joe Hart

CENTRAL DEFENDERS
John Stones
Kyle Walker
Harry Maguire
Joe Gomez
Phil Jones

WING BACKS
Danny Rose
Kieran Trippier
Ashley Young

MIDFIELDERS
Jordan Henderson
Dele Alli
Raheem Sterling
Fabian Delph
Eric Dier
Jesse Lingard
Jack Wilshere
Ruben Loftus-Cheek

FORWARDS
Harry Kane
Jamie Vardy
Marcus Rashford
Danny Welbeck

PREDICTED TEAM v TUNISIA
Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Jones, Rose; Dier, Henderson; Sterling, Kane, Lingard

UPDATE 23.04.18
We’re getting closer to the discovery of England’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, with bet365 offering odds on which players will be on the plane to Russia.

We are starting to establish a few facts.

1) Kyle Walker will be used as a central defender, with Gareth Southgate playing three centre backs.
2) Jordan Pickford looks set to be the first-choice keeper
3) Joe Hart looks set to be the third-choice keeper
4) Adam Lallana looks set to miss the World Cup after his latest injury with Liverpool

All things considered, this England squad is starting to pick itself!

The goalkeeper positions look nailed. The five central defenders are likely to include Phil Jones if he can get himself fit.

The three wing-backs are likely to be Rose, Trippier and Young, which could see Ryan Bertrand miss out.

The midfielders are likely to include Jack Wilshere and Ruben Loftus-Cheek now that Adam Lallana is injured.

Danny Welbeck could inch himself into the pack of forwards due to a shortage of front men.

PREDICTED SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS
Jack Butland
Jordan Pickford
Joe Hart

CENTRAL DEFENDERS
John Stones
Kyle Walker
Harry Maguire
Joe Gomez
Phil Jones

WING BACKS
Danny Rose
Kieran Trippier
Ashley Young

MIDFIELDERS
Jordan Henderson
Dele Alli
Raheem Sterling
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Eric Dier
Jesse Lingard
Jack Wilshere
Ruben Loftus-Cheek

FORWARDS
Harry Kane
Jamie Vardy
Marcus Rashford
Danny Welbeck

PREDICTED TEAM v TUNISIA

Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Jones, Rose; Dier, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sterling, Kane, Lingard

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UPDATE 31.03.18
England acquitted themselves well against the Netherlands and Italy, winning 1-0 in Amsterdam before a 1-1 draw against the Azzurri at Wembley.

This is the squad that we eventually think will be picked for the 2018 World Cup. West Ham reserve keeper Joe Hart looks set to be the team mascot, while Gareth Southgate is clearly a fan of Joe Gomez as part of a three-man central defence.

The midfield picks look fairly straightforward with the exception of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who can claim a place on the plane if he thrives for Crystal Palace in the final few games of the season.

Meanwhile, the three forwards looked nailed-on.

GOALKEEPERS
Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Joe Hart

DEFENDERS
John Stones, Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Joe Gomez, James Tarkowski, Phil Jones

MIDFIELDERS
Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Eric Dier, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

FORWARDS
Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford

The goalkeeper spot is up for grabs, with Joe Hart included along with three other players and the presence of Nick Pope is an interesting one.

Defensively, the most notable omission is Gary Cahill, with Alfie Mawson preferred which might mean that the Chelsea defender’s international career has effectively ended.

James Tarkowski will also fancy his chances of making the final cut, while Lewis Cook has also found his way into the squad and Jake Livermore has also bagged a place in the squad.

Harry Kane is the only injured player not in the squad unless you include Phil Jones, with Vardy and Rashford on the plane while Danny Welbeck is back in the international reckoning.

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford

Defenders: John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ryan Bertrand, Joe Gomez, Alfie Mawson, Danny Rose, James Tarkowski, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Lewis Cook, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere

Strikers: Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck

UPDATE 14.03.18
We’re getting closer to the 2018 World Cup, with the squad looking as though it will pick itself right now.

We previously thought the likes of Harry Winks and Joe Gomez could make their way into the squad, although a lack of game time for Winks and Gomez could be an issue, with the Tottenham midfielder back on the bench now that Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier are being selected.

Danny Rose could be a questionable selection, with the left-back seemingly at odds with Mauricio Pochettino and he hasn’t had a lot of game time in a Spurs shirt this season. Therefore, we think that Ashley Young could get the nod ahead of the want away defender, with the Manchester United wing-back having largely shone this season.

Joe Hart is also not getting a game for West Ham and it comes down to whether Gareth Southgate opts to pick a player who can bring experience to the squad as a third keeper or alternatively opt for Nick Pope instead.

Marcus Rashford is sure to remain in the squad, while there are several nailed-on picks including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford

Left-backs: Ashley Young, Ryan Bertrand

Right-backs: Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Centre-halves: Michael Keane, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

UPDATE 02.03.18
The landscape continues to change in terms of the likely England squad for the 2018 World Cup, with several places still up for grabs.

We know that Hart, Butland and Pickford are fairly nailed to be the goalkeepers, while it seems implausible that full-backs Trippier, Walker and Bertrand won’t be included.

However, the centre half positions seem less certain, while any number of players will fancy their chances of featuring in midfield.

Jesse Lingard is probably in Southgate’s 23-man squad right now, with Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in the reckoning, although Theo Walcott’s prospects have certainly received a boost after a switch to Everton.

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, Joe Gomez

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

UPDATE 23.01.18
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is finally starting to deliver for Liverpool and the midfielder is now likely to be part of the 23-man England squad that competes at the 2018 World Cup.

The Ox is likely to be joined by the in-form Jack Wilshere who has swiftly gone from reserve team player to one of the first names on the team sheet, although the midfielder is only one injury away from missing out as he’s done in the past.

Jesse Lingard is the other midfielder who has really risen to prominence and the Manchester United midfielder looks nailed-on to be picked along with Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford.

We’re still expect Joe Gomez to be included due to his versatility, with Gareth Southgate set to opt for five centre-halves due to his preference for playing three of them as part of a 3-5-2 formation.

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, Joe Gomez

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

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UPDATE 08.01.18
Gareth Southgate ignored Jack Wilshere when it came to selecting his England squad for the friendly matches against Germany and Brazil, although it will be hard for the Three Lions Head Coach to overlook the Arsenal midfielder for the March double header against Netherlands and Italy.

Wilshere is now an 8/15 chance with bet365 to be part of the 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, with the Arsenal player scoring the opening goal of the recent 2-2 draw against Chelsea, with the midfielder slamming the ball home from close range.

There are several players who are looking like banker material, including the following:

Harry Kane 1/20
Dele Alli 1/20
Eric Dier 1/20
Marcus Rashford 1/10
Kyle Walker 1/10
Raheem Sterling 1/10
John Stones 1/8
Jordan Pickford 1/6

Make no mistake, these eight players are on the plane barring injury.

Then we have the following:

Jack Butland 1/6
Gary Cahill 1/5
Jamie Vardy 1/4
Adam Lallana 1/3
Danny Rose 4/11
Kieran Trippier 4/11
Ryan Bertrand 4/11
Jordan Henderson 2/5

These eight players should also be in the squad which means sixteen places occupied and seven up for grabs. These players come next in the betting and are “probables”:

Harry Maguire 4/9
Joe Hart 4/9
Jesse Lingard 4/9
Jack Wilshere 8/15
Phil Jones 8/13
Michael Keane 4/6
Harry Winks 8/11

It’s feasible that these seven players could be on the plane although we have another crop of players who have a definite chance of breaking through.

Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain 10/11
Danny Welbeck 11/10
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5/4
Ashley Young 13/8
Fabian Delph 7/4
Danny Drinkwater 5/2
Joe Gomez 5/2
Tom Heaton 11/4
Ross Barkley 4/1

With Barkley likely to make a move to Chelsea in January and nearing a return from injury, perhaps the midfielder could make a late run!

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Well well well. Previous England World Cup squads have been fairly easy to predict. Managers like Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson have stuck to the tried and tested, although Gareth Southgate appears to be far more progressive and it’s tricky to predict the twenty-three players who will be selected to board the plane to Russia.

Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were barely on most people’s radar when the season started, although Southgate was clearly aware of their abilities and the same applies to Tammy Abraham who might yet pinch a place in the World Cup squad. Unlike Theo Walcott all those years ago, the Chelsea striker wouldn’t be there to make up the numbers.

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”.

BANKERS
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 seventeen players that we think are nailed-on based on current form. This includes Kieran Trippier who is shining bright for Tottenham after the departure of Kyle Walker last summer. Jamie Vardy has also played himself into being banker material thanks to the pace he offers when England revert to a more counter-attacking style.

Harry Kane 1/20
Dele Alli 1/20
Eric Dier 1/20
Marcus Rashford 1/10
Kyle Walker 1/9
John Stones 1/8
Danny Rose 1/6
Raheem Sterling 1/5
Jack Butland 1/4
Jordan Henderson 1/4
Jordan Pickford 1/4
Gary Cahill 1/4
Joe Hart 2/7
Adam Lallana 4/11
Jamie Vardy 2/5
Kieran Trippier 2/5
Ryan Bertrand 4/9

That leaves six places up for grabs. Not too many but enough to create some healthy competition.

LIKELY LADS?
We have four more players trading at odds-on. Harry Maguire looks a touch short at 1/2 although Harry Winks looks a better prospect and should land a midfield spot providing that he isn’t injured for the next international call-up. Phil Jones looks a great bet if he can stay fit although Michael Keane isn’t great value at 4/7.

Harry Maguire 1/2
Harry Winks 1/2
Michael Keane 4/7
Phil Jones 8/11

HOPEFULS
We’re amazed you can currently back Joe Gomez at odds of 5/2. We think the Liverpool defender has an outstanding chance of being in the squad after earning a Man of the Match award after a brilliant effort against Brazil. Loftus-Cheek also looks in with a very good chance of being included and we could see Delph also squeaking into the squad if he continues to play for Manchester City.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 11/10
Danny Welbeck 5/4
Jesse Lingard 6/4
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7/4
Fabian Delph 2/1
Jack Wilshere 5/2
Daniel Sturridge 5/2
Jake Livermore 5/2
Danny Drinkwater 5/2
Joe Gomez 5/2
Tammy Abraham 11/4
Chris Smalling 3/1

PREDICTED ENGLAND WORLD CUP 2018 SQUAD
As mentioned, a lot of the players currently pick themselves and that is certainly the case with the goalkeepers and full-backs.

Southgate wanting to play three centre halves means there should be room for five of them on the plane to Russia and they’ll be looking for extra leg space.

Fabian Delph could edge out Ashley Young for a midfield spot, with Winks also likely to get the nod if he continues for Tottenham this season. He’s been earning rave reviews so no reason why not.

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, Joe Gomez

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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  1. West Parley Kev

    What about Rose and Walker they must be nailed on to go ahead of Shaw definately wouldn’t take Walcott; Lallana gives better versatility. Drink water will go – Henderson and Wilshere both injury concerns.

  2. I would pick these.. 3, 7, 8, 5. Hart, Forster, (Butland if fit) Foster. Baines (Shaw if fit) Rose, Clyne, Walker, Stones, Smalling, Cahill, Dier, Milner, Carrick, (Much better than Henderson) Barkley, Alli, Wilshere, Walcott, Sterling, (Oxlade if Wilshere not fit) Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck, Kane,Vardy. Just need to take all 5 strikers and hope Stones regains his form. and do not take the useless pair of Henderson and Jones..