England has to live with the 50 year curse of not winning the world cup. As for a team that has all the right players in the English Premier League, the expectations are over the roof. However, this time round, it seems the English World cup squad is geared towards changing history. The quest is their ultimate mission and the odds could never have been higher. The England world cup squad has made tremendous changes in their lineup paving way for young and budding players. Especially with news that Harry Kane would captain the team, there is so much to watch out for.
The English team, also known as the three lions passed through the group stage unbeaten, but people have been wondering who made it in the 23-man squad. Although England struggled to make it to the world cup 2018 in Russia, they have to brace themselves for a greater challenge ahead. Southgate has to come up with a new formula and tactics to make sure that the team is more competitive. The team that he selects must be creative, enduring and ready to compete in the tournament.
The England team has been less competitive in the recent years. Southgate recently named the 23-man squad that is going to represent the country in the tournament. The England world cup team includes;
- Goalkeepers:Jack Butland (Stoke city), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)
- Defenders: Garry Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester united), Danny Rose (Tottenahm Hotspurs), Kyle Walker (Manchester city), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester city), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspurs), John Stones (Manchester city), Ashely Young (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Manchester city).
- Midfielders: Dele Ali (Tottenham Hotspurs),Erick Dier (Tottenham Hotspurs), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), JesseLingard (Manchester united), Ruben-Loftus Cheek (Chelsea)
- Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs), Marcus Rashford (Manchester united), RaheemSterling (Manchester city), Jamie Vardy (Leicester city), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
- Stand-by: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (Westbrom), James Tarkowski (Burnley)
A lot of changes were made in the squad as Harry Kane was named the teams’ captain. There were other names that some did not expect to the final England world cup 2018 squad. By this, I refer to the inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Loftus-Cheek in the Russia 2018 world cup team. Another inclusion in the team that no one expected is Danny Welbeck.
Danny says he is facing competition from Laccazete and Aubumayeng although he brings experience into the team. Southgate picked a team which is heavily loaded with defenders. This shows his tactical approach where he will use three Center backs and two wing backs in the England world cup line up as this would allow more defenders to play in the first team and less inclusion of mid fielders and strike.
There has also been a lot of talk on who did not make to FIFA world cup squad in the final team that was named. Some prominent names like Jack Wilshire and Joe Hart did not make it to the squad. The fact that Southgate excluded Jack Wilshire from the squad has baffled a lot of football fans since England lacks a creative midfielder in the 2018 world cup.
Other names include Ryan Betrand who played a lot when Danny Rose was in injury, Nathaniel Clyne who has struggled with injuries, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who is one of Southgate’s favorite but has been left out due to injury and Daniel Sturridge. JonjoShelvey was also left out despite a claims in the media about being called in the squad to play the world cup. Harry Winks injury has made him not participate in the world cup in Russia. Ross Barkley’s lack of playing time in the Chelsea team has denied him a chance to be included in the squad too. Southgate has a lot of work that he supposed to do in case he wants his team to win the competition.
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England World Cup draw
England are in group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium are one of the favorites for the 2018 world cup due to the various talented players like Hazard among others that build up the team. The Belgium team will be England’s hardest opponent in the group stage. Tunisia will also be looking to frustrate the England team in the group stage. The team just like England finished unbeaten in their qualifying round.
If England has ambitions of reaching the next stage then they must beat the Tunisia team. It is believed that England will have an easy task when they face the Panama in the group stage with the latter qualifying for the first time in FIFA world cup. The England team hope that the England world cup 2018 experience will be different from the FIFA 2104 world cup where England were knocked out in the group stage.
In the 2014 world cup, England only managed just a point for their two games and two goals in total. They Italy team defeated them on their opening game which ended 2-1. They finished goalless against Costa Rica in their last match. The game against Uruguay confirmed their exit from the 2014 world cup which was through Luis Suarez goal.
England World Cup fixture
Every football fan has been talking about the upcoming 2018 FIFA world cup fixtures. England who are in group G will play their opening match against Tunisia in Volgograd at 7pm BST on Monday June 18. The match is hoped to be entertaining since both teams finished unbeaten in the qualifying round. Their second match will be against Panama who are qualifying for the first time. The match will be played in Nizhny Novgorod at 1pm BST on Sunday June 28.
This is expected to be an easy match for England. The third match and the final group match will be against Belgium. It would be played in Kaliningrad at 7pm on Thursday June 28. This match will determine if England can really compete with other strong teams in the competition. Incase England progresses beyond the group stage into the last -16 match, they will play on Monday July 2 if they finish top of the group or on Tuesday July3 if they finish second in the group.
In the last – 16 England might face group H opponents; Colombia, Poland, Senegal or Japan. If they qualify for the quarters finals, they might face Germany or Brazil whom are also likely to reach that stage of the competition. What the team and Southgate can wish for is a better world cup than the 2014 world cup.
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