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.
ENGLAND EURO 2016 SQUAD
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