This is 2018, the year the World Cup will be hosted in Russia and the head coaches all the nations taking part in the showpiece are currently looking at the names that will make up to their squad list, and we take a look at a number of players who should without doubt make it England manager Gareth Southgate’s World Cup list.
1, Harry Kane: Barring an injury which would aptly be termed a national disaster, the first name on the English World Cup squad should be Harry the son of Kane, no striker in England and even in Europe is as hot a property as the 24-year-old Tottenham sweetheart is right now, already having two consecutive Premier League golden boots to his name in the two seasons and well on course for the third. He has 32 goals in all competitions this season and he is not looking to stop anytime soon. Given England’s relative lack of top strikers this era, they have the current best in Europe and will definitely take him to Russia.
2, Raheem Sterling: The Manchester City winger is arguably on his best form since his days at Liverpool, and has even taken his game to a more mature level under Pep Guardiola with better end product. He has the second highest number of Premier league goals by an English player this season, and most of them have been vital late goals, showing that he can dig in and come to the rescue for the team when things get tough. This form and maturity will be coming at no better time for England.
3, Jesse Lingard: Yeah the dab specialist, towards the end of the qualifiers Lingard would have been seen as someone who would be cheering the English World Cup squad while on holiday in the summer rather than playing with them, but his rapid rise this season now means he will be dabbing on the pitch in Russia in the summer instead. Under Mourinho it was expected Lingard’s career would go downwards and his contract renewal earlier in the season came as a surprise to some who felt he didn’t deserve it, however he has proven his critics wrong with his performances this season. A positional switch which saw him move into the No.10 role behind the striker has made him more productive in the final third with seven Premier league goals already this season.
4, Dele Alli: Last year’s Premier League Young Player of the Season is not living up to the high standards he set for himself last season, but he is still playing at a level that would see him walk into the English midfield ahead of any other English midfielder right now. His returns of nine goals and eleven assists this season which is supposed to be an underwhelming season shows just how good the 21-year-old is. His ability to play across the midfield means he can adjust into any system and formation Gareth Southgate decides to play.
5, Harry Maguire: England’s defence is one area that is most unstable in the squad, with the candidates for the positions constantly changing and one man’s rise has come at a perfect time for him. Harry Maguire moved to Leicester City from Hull City last season and has been very impressive this season, he has been an ever-present for Leicester, appearing 27 times for the foxes in the league this season and scoring twice. He has always been hailed for his maturity, which shows in his performances. Under Gareth Southgate he made his England debut towards the end of the qualifiers and has appeared three times for the senior national team since then, on current form he is guaranteed a place in the squad.
Gareth Southgate has a lot of players to choose from in July, injuries might remove some from his list by that time, but he will still have a lot to choose from, these five players if they stay injury free will most certainly be among the final 23 he picks.
What do you think about these guys above? Will they make it?