With the Royal Wedding looming on the horizon this weekend and dominating the news landscape, there’s been another big announcement in the UK, with the reveal of Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup Squad for Russia 2018.
Yes, after an exciting football season, wives, mothers, girlfriends and even grandmothers all over the world are in for a very long summer indeed, as the football will do nothing but continue to dominate proceedings and also grow into something a lot more serious over time, from June 14th onwards.
So with that said, England have released their 23-man World Cup squad, and you may just find a lot more coming from the World Cup in the coming weeks and throughout the tournament, giving you a sense of “Will the football ever really end?”
Gareth Southgate played it very safe, deciding not to include anyone from the England U21’s, such as Ryan Sessegnon, Jado Sancho or Ademola Lookman, which would surely have been a fan favourite, either way. But, this is still a very young squad, one of the youngest England squads in history, apart from Ashley Young, who’s arguably been excellent all season long and he deserves his chance, and he will surely have to be a key player in Russia. So, lets take a look at the England squad, shall we?
England Squad – World Cup Russia 2018
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley).
The standby list looks bare thin and boring, plus it probably should’ve included Ryan Sessegnon, at the very least!
The inclusion of Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is an exciting pick, and he could excel himself even further after brilliant displays in the Champions League, but there were no huge surprises, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who’s played a good season under Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace (loaned from Chelsea) was also given the nod.
Jack Wilshere and Kevin Hart have been left out of the squad, confirming their decline in the pecking order.
England have got a favourable group with England competing in Group G against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. The Three Lions will surely qualify into the knock-out stages this time and they will also hope to go one better than the Quarter Finals, after some even more horrendous displays in past tournaments.
The squad feels balanced, and it’s all a matter of getting them to play well together and to bond ahead of the tournament, not to mention ignore the media and play well as a group. Only then, can this side start going places.
So, can Gareth Southgate’s side rise to the occasion and play their hearts out in Russia this summer? Can they even reach a Semi-Final for the first time since 1990?
Here’s England’s upcoming preparation matches and World Cup fixtures in full:
England v Nigeria – June 2nd (Friendly)
England v Costa Rica – June 7 (Friendly)
England v Tunisia – June 18 (WC)
England v Panama – June 24 (WC)
England v Belgium 28 June (WC)
It’s going to be a long summer of football and you can come to expect more football related news in the coming weeks and during the tournament in Russia.
Story by The Narrator
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