England look ahead to the 2018 World Cup and the squad should include young talent
Gareth Southgate is now the permanent manager of the England senior team, with the former Under-21 coach now responsible for making sure the Three Lions reach the 2018 World Cup and England are in decent shape to do exactly that.
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, Clyne and Walker included in the squad for the World Cup providing that England qualify for it. Right now, Luke Shaw is struggling to get game time for Manchester United and perhaps Leighton Baines can force himself back into the squad.
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 after some eye-catching performances for Hull.
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.
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. As for Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, can Southgate really include out-of-form or out-of-favour players and we think Everton’s rising stars Ademola Lookman and Tom Davies could force themselves into the side. The latter is currently included along with Andy Carroll of West Ham who is back to his best.
ENGLAND EURO 2016 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Fraser Forster
Left-backs: Danny Rose, Leighton Baines
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, Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott, Tom Davies
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll