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The predicted England squad for the 2018 World Cup

England's (L-R) Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and John Stones leave the team hotel, Chantilly.

England look ahead to the 2018 World Cup and the squad should include young talent

England remain in pole position to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, although a 2-2 draw with Scotland was not supposed to be in the script and casts fresh doubt on Joe Hart continuing between the sticks for the Three Lions.

Gareth Southgate kept his cards close to his chest after Hart was unable to save two Leigh Griffiths free-kicks, although Tom Heaton and Jack Butland were given a half each at the Stade de France, with the two keepers looking likely to join Hart in Russia next summer.

Much will depend on the form of Jordan Pickford, with the young stopper likely to complete a move to Everton and a strong campaign could see him usurp one of the keepers above him in the pecking order.

Ryan Bertrand started the match against France and the Southampton player is likely to be joined by Danny Rose in the England squad when the Tottenham man has sufficiently recovered from injury. The right-back position is more open and it’s possible that Kieran Trippier is close to overtaking Nathaniel Clyne in the pecking order.

We’re expecting Chris Smalling to potentially leave Manchester United this summer, although Phil Jones could become an England mainstay, while Michael Keane has a fantastic opportunity to join John Stones and Gary Cahill as a first-choice pick in the squad.

Aside from Dele Alli, there aren’t a lot of inspiring midfield choices, although Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson are shoo-ins providing they stay fit. The same goes for Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling, although Jesse Lingard and Michail Antonio could also burst in.

The four centre-forwards look straightforward enough, especially if Jermain Defoe gets game time and goals in a Bournemouth shirt.


Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Tom Heaton

Left-backs: Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand

Right-backs: Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker

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

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

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Jermain Defoe

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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..