The current England squad has come under extreme criticism and doubt of late; many are already dismissing the team, and nobody really knows which 11 players should be fielded by Gareth’s Southgate at this this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The players at Southgate’s disposal are a mixture of senior players who have been in the squad for the past few of years and newcomers, who have come into contention this season.
Despite the disgraceful performance in the previous World Cup in 2014 and in Euro 2016, many fans will continue to overlook the less experienced players for the senior ones, who have shown nothing to suggest they will succeed. So why not take a gamble? It is worth the try.
Following, is a list of players who could potentially bring England an arguably successful World Cup campaign. The list demonstrates a 4-3-3 make-shift formation, despite the probability of Southgate favouring a system with three central defenders.
This England team are unlikely to succeed whilst playing a system that prioritises patience and playing out from defence, as that strategy has failed them for many tournaments. It’s time for something different.
The two front-runners for the starting spot should be Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford, due to a vast amount of disappointing displays from Joe Hart and Jack Butland.
Based on statistics, Pope has been the best English goalkeeper this season, and despite his lack of experience, Pickford doesn’t have a huge amount of international experience either, so the Burnley man gets the nod.
This is one of England’s strongest positions with Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold both proving to be strong candidates after impressive seasons.
However, you cannot look past Kyle Walker, who has been a key factor in Manchester City’s dominance his season.
Maguire has arguably been the most consistent English central defender in the Premier League this season.
Maguire will also be a huge threat from corners; England should take a chance on him.
Tarkowski doesn’t have the experience that Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Phil Jones or Phil Jagielka have, but when have those options worked for England in the past?
Additionally, they have all endured disappointing seasons, therefore, the Burnley man deserves a shot.
There are many options to choose from for this position; Danny Rose, Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw and Ryan Bertrand but who has performed as consistently as Ashley Young this season?
The 32-year-old has been a regular for Manchester United, being favoured over Luke Shaw. Young has been incredibly mature and efficient in his performances. He has also scored two goals and has created 22 goal-scoring opportunities in the league this season.
Many people overlook him due to his age and previous struggles, but he could be a great option.
Dier should start in defensive midfield; he is the best Englishman in his position. He is efficient, commanding in midfield and can release attacking players quickly.
Alli should be one of two attacking midfielders; the attacking talent of World Cup rivals are likely to disturb England defensively, so an array of attacking talent is essential.
The Spurs man can create a chance for anybody and score a goal against anybody. He has faced his critics this season as he hasn’t quite reached the heights of last season, but he has produced much improved performances of late and remains the best option for England in this position.
Lingard has warranted a place in the starting line-up for England; he has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season.
The work rate that Lingard possesses is something that England have lacked over the years; they are often guilty of playing lethargically and standing still. Lingard is always on his toes looking to win the ball back, and that work rate is priceless on the big stage.
Sterling is one of the first names on the team sheet. 22 goals this season have been scored by the winger. He is one of the very best in the England squad. England will just be hoping that he brings his Manchester City form with him to Russia.
Vardy deserves a spot in the squad, and should operate in between the striker and the winger positions; he has the speed, agility and stamina to interchange positions throughout the game and link up with the overlapping Ashley Young and the centre forward.
The 31-year-old has 15 league goals so far this season and has a habit of getting on to the end of long balls. And when Vardy is away, there’s little defenders can do.
Who else? Harry Kane is arguably the greatest striker in the competition. If he is granted an opportunity, it’s rare that he fails to capitalise, and with Vardy, Alli, Lingard and Sterling supporting him, he will not be short on service.
Glenn Murray and Ashley Barnes are notable players who should be in with a shout of a call-up, also, given their form at club level.