Sport Who'll Ruin England's World Cup?

12:15  17 may  2018
12:15  17 may  2018 Source:   esquire.co.uk

Gomez 'gutted' after having World Cup hopes dashed

  Gomez 'gutted' after having World Cup hopes dashed Joe Gomez will miss the Champions League final and the World Cup with an ankle injury in a crushing blow for the 20-year-old.Liverpool and England defender Joe Gomez is "gutted" after he was forced to have ankle surgery that not only ends his season at club level, but also rules him out of the World Cup.

Tunisian forward Wahbi Khazri celebrates with teammates, as he’ ll hope to do many times in Russia. (AFP/Getty Images). Tunisia aren’t the strongest side England will face in the World Cup , but they remain a tricky prospect in Group G.

Uruguay's talisman Luis Suarez was always going to make this defining World Cup 2014 fixture - and was always likely to define the mood of England ' s summer.

Who'll be the next Pearce / Beckham / Rooney to shame the nation?: Who'll Ruin England's World Cup? © Getty Images Who'll Ruin England's World Cup? Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author on behalf of our content partner and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft

England's World Cup squad has been announced, thereby giving us a clearer idea of which elite athlete – which son, father, brother, human being – will be blamed for our early exit for playing badly / missing a penalty / getting a red card, and thus disgracing this once-proud nation.

Euro 2016 felt like a rarity in that the entire team – not just the players on the pitch, but the subs, the coaching staff, Roy Hodgson, the physios, the bus driver – was trapped in the same half-speed lucid dream in which we lost to Iceland... and then didn't wake up.

Hodgson backs Loftus-Cheek for World Cup

  Hodgson backs Loftus-Cheek for World Cup Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek deserves a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup next month in Russia. The 22-year old on loan from Chelsea has been one of Palace’s standout performers this season, and was even rewarded with a debut England cap against Germany in November – where he further impressed. Palace will be hoping they can convince Chelsea to let the young midfielder leave this summer, with Hodgson confirming he would like to sign Loftus-Cheek permanently. However, the player’s priority will be making the Three Lions’ squad and impressing if he gets the chance, and Hodgson believes he has what it takes to do so. When asked if he would include Loftus-Cheek if he was still manager, Hodgson said; “Yes. I don’t wish to suggest anybody to (England boss) Gareth Southgate, because it’s his decision alone, and I don’t want to be seen to be pushing any player towards him.” “(But) if it was a much more specific question; if it was me selecting the squad, would I find a place for him in the squad, I would.

08 November 2016. Two of football’s greatest rivals take the field at Wembley on Friday night. Can Scotland ruin England ’ s World Cup dream? Lallana is a player who can drift into the positions that could release Walcott and if Southgate decides to start the pacy winger again, he’ ll be calling on his

Same old story: England made it to the World Cup - but did the Premier League ruin their chances of Paul Scholes: England are going the way of Wales, Scotland and Ireland we' ll be lucky to qualify for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who was one of England ' s three stoppers at the World Cup

Not so this time around. Southgate will stay whatever happens, and there’s plenty of fresh meat in the squad for England fans and pundits to stamp all over when the inevitable happens. But who? Here are the candidates – ranked. 

23. Trent Alexander-Arnold

a man throwing a ball: Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool England footballer © Getty Images Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool England footballer

Too rosy-cheeked and full of youthful pluck to be in much danger here. Looks so innocent he could probably shoot three Panamanian subs during a drinks break and get away with a yellow. What a scamp. 

22. Gary Cahill

English fans have odd blind spots when it comes to their hatred. For instance, if you’re a classic English centre-back like Cahill, you need to be genuinely evil before anyone will blame you for anything. If we drag our oak-hearted, technically deficient centre-backs, we drag the very soul of this sceptre isle.

World Cup winner Ray Wilson dies aged 83

  World Cup winner Ray Wilson dies aged 83 Ray Wilson, part of England's World Cup-winning side of 1966, passed away aged 83 on Tuesday.Former England and Everton left-back Ray Wilson has died aged 83.

Anyone who has watched the last rounds of the World Cup knows that these scandalmongers have a point. His ambition has forced referees from Maldives and Benin onto the big stage, out of their depths, ruining good teams and the tournament.

England ' s World Cup plans are in ruins after another trouncing from India at Edgbaston and Alastair Cook's presence in the side is impossible to justify. Otherwise, we' ll assume you are OK to continue.

21. Harry Maguire

On top of being a critically immune barrel-chested centre-back, nobody knows who this man is. He’ll be fine. 

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20. Jack Butland

Probably not even going to get the chance to ruin anything. 

19. Eric Dier

Midfield enforcers never get flak, especially midfield enforcers with tiny shark-like eyes and the blank-faced menace of an apprentice butcher. 

England World Cup winner Ray Wilson dies aged 83

  England World Cup winner Ray Wilson dies aged 83 The former Three Lions left-back played 63 times for his country, and was the oldest member of the World Cup winning team in 1966Former England and Everton left-back Ray Wilson has died aged 83.

Former England manager Fabio Capello, who oversaw a disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign, blamed fatigue by claiming: ‘ England are always tired because they play too many games.’

Bernard Foley emphatically ended debate over who should wear the Wallabies' No.10 jersey and etched his name into the record books with a stunning display to help knock hosts England out of the World Cup .

18. Fabian Delph

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A combo of the sense that he’s just glad to be included and his perfectly spherical head makes him hard to hate. 

17. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Name contains too many letters to tweet coherently in the furious afterglow of a second round extra time defeat, even if it is his fault. 

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16. Ashley Young

Everyone likes an unexpected comeback, even if it’s as a perfectly fine inverted left back who plays for a megalithic corporation. 

I should have been in England’s World Cup squad, says Wilshere

  I should have been in England’s World Cup squad, says Wilshere The Arsenal midfielder has not played for England since Euro 2016.The Arsenal midfielder failed to make the 23-man party when Southgate announced his squad for Russia on Wednesday.

England are on their way to Russia - but who would you select in your starting XI at the World Cup right now? With eight months until next summer' s showpiece, there' s still plenty of time for form and injuries to affect Gareth Southgate' s line-up.

England v India, 4th ODI, Edgbaston September 2, 2014. England World Cup plans in ruins . They are not building towards a World Cup challenge, they are crumbling ahead of it. Otherwise, we' ll assume you are OK to continue.

15. Harry Kane

Big heart, big chin, has the kind of pained nobility which will plays well on commiseratory BBC montages. 

14. Kyle Walker

Benefits from the Pep aura and being eyeball-burstingly fast, which is a skill absolutely no pundit has ever argued with. Not even Merse. 

13. Nick Pope

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If there’s one archetype English people love piling in on more than the Wealthy And Coddled Footballer, it’s the Startled Public Schoolboy. Pope went to King’s School in Ely (annual fees: at least £13,000), and definitely wears a gilet while walking a fat black Labrador across the Downs, so look forward to seeing his head Photoshopped onto Jacob Rees-Mogg’s body should things go south. 

12. Kieran Trippier

Stands out for his haircut, which makes him look like he still isn't quite stopped finding the "cheeky Nando's" thing funny, so could be in the firing line. 

11. Jesse Lingard

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Probably won’t do anything specifically wrong, but likely to be a name pundits pull out of the bag to exemplify a lack of England's “top top players”. His celebrations are likely to wind up #againstmodernfootball types, too.

10. Danny Welbeck

Guaranteed to come on with quarter of an hour to go, wang one shot over the bar, lose the ball on the edge of Japan's box and watch as they break away to score a decisive third. In danger.

Top-six mentality a boost to England's World Cup hopes – Southgate

  Top-six mentality a boost to England's World Cup hopes – Southgate Gareth Southgate has emphasised the importance of his England players' mentality heading into the World Cup.Gareth Southgate believes the experience of players in the Premier League's 'big six' will only benefit his England squad heading into the World Cup.

England ' s World Cup plans are in ruins after another trouncing from India at Edgbaston and Alastair Cook's presence in the side is impossible to justify.

Kaka believes England will be one of Brazil' s biggest rivals at the 2010 World Cup despite guiding the South Americans to a another major final last night. "But once you get there we' ll see who the surprise teams are going to be like the USA and Egypt have been at the Confederations Cup .'

9. Danny Rose

Gives the impression of being a bit mardy - and that’s the kind of impression you absolutely do not need when you’ve let Thomas Muller ghost past you at the far post. 

8. Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford England Everton goalkeeper © Getty Images Jordan Pickford England Everton goalkeeper

As first-choice keeper, he’s got first dibs on the Rob Green Golden Gloves Award. Also: looks a bit like Thomas Turgoose. Not sure if that's strictly relevant here.

7. Jordan Henderson

Possibly next in line to suffer the curse of the male hygiene product ads after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lost a knee, Adam Lallana could only make the duds bench and Joe Hart was cast adrift into the uncaring cosmos.

6. Marcus Rashford

He’s about the right age for a confidence-levelling ritual humiliation: not so green that it feels unnecessarily cruel, but not so experienced that it feels like there’s no point to crushing his spirit.

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5. Raheem Sterling

A favourite hate figure of knee-jerking gammons for some time now, it’s possible Sterling’s window of peak criticism has passed. He’s already been through an ironic charity appeal to buy him a flight home from Euro 2016, and the Daily Mail have since informed him that his breakfast-eating shenanigans won’t be allowed to go unchecked.

4. Jamie Vardy

Shrieking, snarling, frothing at the mouth, Vardy carries a lurking threat of violence. It could be a vomit of expletives at a cherubic but flatfooted ballboy as the clock ticks down, or it could be eviscerating the fourth official and eating his colon, but Vardy could very well explode in some way at some point. His face is probably the easiest to meld with a root vegetable too.

Southgate looking to feed off 'English core' at Man City, United, Liverpool & Spurs

  Southgate looking to feed off 'English core' at Man City, United, Liverpool & Spurs The Three Lions boss has emphasised the importance of his England players' mentality heading into World Cup 2018 this summerGareth Southgate believes the experience of players in the Premier League's 'big six' will only benefit his England squad heading into the World Cup.

My England starting XI. Gareth Southgate' s England are running out of games before the World Cup in 2018. Choose who you would pick in their starting XI in Russia - and then share it with your friends using our team selector.

On ITV, Glenn Hoddle spoke like somebody who should still be at the very heart of the game, whilst Martin O’Neill has that wonderful touch of knowing his stuff but delivering it in a This has been a hugely enjoyable World Cup for viewers to watch, and one that England ’ s early exit, failed to diminish.

Watch: Wise backs Loftus-Cheek selection [Sky Sports]

3. Dele Alli

The gap between normal young people and young people who play for England is vast, but Dele feels extremely millennial. Maybe it’s the flossing, or the time he flipped Kyle Walker off in front of a packed Wembley during a World Cup qualifier, but his apparent joy in life and understanding of Instagram are red rags to baby boomers who see him as the apogee of the decadent, avocado-loving, mortgage-avoiding young people they despise. An ill-timed post on Musical.ly after a limp exit to Mexico could seal his fate. 

2. John Stones

The City weighs heavy here. Stones isn’t Maguire or Cahill, so if he makes an error while trying to pass the ball more than 10 yards he gives Alan Brazil an opportunity to tell him he’s been playing too much of that bloody Pep-ball and should have just hoofed the bloody thing. If he just looks a bit rusty, it’s a sign he’s not been playing for Pep enough, and if he’s not good enough for Pep, then what’s he doing playing for England? What’s he doing in a football stadium?! Why’s he looking at anything spherical?!! Why’s he bothering to breathe?!! BURN HIM. 

1. Phil Jones

a person with a football ball on a field: Phil Jones England Manchester United footballer © Getty Images Phil Jones England Manchester United footballer

Despite being about 25 stone of straining Preston suet and possessed of the ability to fearlessly throw his body around like a fleshy caber, Jones is not protected by the English centre-back law. He doesn’t have the quiet dignity of a Terry Butcher, a Tony Adams, an Andy Hinchcliffe. He’s also the most likely to do a Phil Neville and steam through the back of some unsuspecting Columbian playmaker, upon which his frozen, Munch-like scream as the referee points to the spot will become tabloid gold. Maybe The Sun will print masks for people to greet the team plane with at Heathrow. Thousands of screaming Phil Joneses, staring silently at a 747. Welcome home, lads.

Harry Kane named as England's World Cup captain .
Gareth Southgate has named Tottenham striker Harry Kane as England’s captain for the 2018 World Cup. Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Kane’s Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier have captained England in recent games, as has Kane, so Southgate had to select one of the trio to lead the team in Russia, and he’s decided to give the armband to Kane. Speaking about his decision, Southgate said: “Harry has some outstanding personal qualities.” The manager reportedly announced to the members of the squad in attendace at St George’s Park on Monday night about his decision. Steven Gerrard captained England at the previous two World Cups and it was thought by many that Henderson, the man he handed the Liverpool captaincy to, would follow in his footsteps once again, but Southgate has decided that Kane is the right person for the job.

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