Sport Breaking down the England squad for the 2018 World Cup

13:00  17 may  2018
13:00  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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.

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Posted on May 14, 2018 Author admin Comment(0). ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate announces his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia on Wednesday, May 16. Borussia Dortmund To Arsenal: Break The African Record For European Transfers.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - England vs Italy - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - March 27, 2018   England manager Gareth Southgate and Italy interim coach Luigi Di Biagio          REUTERS/Darren Staples © Catalyst Images Soccer Football - International Friendly - England vs Italy - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - March 27, 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate and Italy interim coach Luigi Di Biagio REUTERS/Darren Staples The most exciting part of any World Cup is the match for third place, because everybody’s done with it at that point and the score usually ends up something like 12-3. But the second most exciting part of any World Cup is the announcement of the England squad, as football’s most hubristically self-loathing nation finally finds out which chancers will be breaking its heart this summer.

Heartbreak as Ryan Bertrand left out of World Cup squad

  Heartbreak as Ryan Bertrand left out of World Cup squad Danny Rose is set to leapfrog Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand and take his place in England’s World Cup squad. The 27-year-old Spurs defender has only featured in ten Premier League games this season due to injuries. However, he showed enough of his abilities in Sunday’s 5-4 victory over Leicester City to surpass Ryan Bertrand and land himself a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Russia. Also ahead of Bertrand is Manchester United left-back Ashley Young who is accompanied by Manchester City’s Fabian Delph who can be deployed in both midfield and defence. This heart-breaking news will surely play on the mind of Bertrand who hasn’t done much wrong in his 19 appearances for England, or during this season at Southampton, despite their fight against relegation. Rose and Young are said to fit in better into Southgate’s playing style, as the two are more offensive-minded. Rose has performed well since his recent return from injury and this seems to have done enough to edge his way ahead of Bertrand into the World Cup squad.

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It’s this lot:

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The goalkeepers

The omission of Joe Hart may not have been a particularly great surprise, but it does leave a gargantuan experience deficit between the posts. Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, and Nick Pope have a mere nine caps between them, and together make up England’s least experienced keeping unit for a major tournament since at least the turn of the millennium.

Hart omitted from England squad

  Hart omitted from England squad Joe Hart has been told he won’t be in England’s 23-man World Cup squad. Gareth Southgate is set to announce his final squad on Wednesday but it is understood that Hart will be a high-profile absentee. Twitter: BREAKING: @SkySportsNews understands Joe Hart has been told he will not be part of England’s 23-man squad heading t… https://t.co/nSgK9Z6Xh0 (@SkySportsNews) Hart had been the first choice England goalkeeper ever since the 2010 World Cup ended and had largely been unchallenged for the role until last year. It is expected Jordan Pickford or Jack Butland will occupy the number one spot this summer, with Nick Pope now likely to be the third keeper. The 31-year-old has had an indifferent season. Strong performances such as that away at Chelsea last month strengthened his chances of getting a seat on the plane, but several errors led to fans and pundits alike questioning his would-be position. Following his fantastic game at Stamford Bridge, Hart dropped a shot against Stoke City to hand Peter Crouch a goal, and he failed to feature in the final four games of the season following a 4-1 loss at Arsenal. This now seems to be the end of Hart’s England career after 75 caps and three tournaments as the first-choice goalkeeper.

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The temptation is always to read calls like this as being statements of some kind: Southgate puts his faith in youth! Southgate clears out the old guard! In truth, Hart’s season has been so weird and wretched that the true statement would have been to go the other way. Had he been picked, it would have been a clear signal that Southgate doesn’t think taking a mere nine caps to a tournament is a good idea.

Instead, it looks very much like he’s picked the three best English goalkeepers at this moment. Disappointing for fans of statements stronger than: Experience isn’t everything! But good news for fans of Jordan Pickford.

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The defence

Flexibility seems to be the key here. Since taking over the job, Southgate has played both a back three with wingbacks and a back four, and he’s got at least three players for every position there, along with a few that can jump into midfield if things get experimental. Nice to see Trent Alexander-Arnold included as well. Now there’s a statement: Reaching the Champions League final does wonders for your reputation.

Gunners midfielder set to be excluded from World Cup squad

  Gunners midfielder set to be excluded from World Cup squad Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to miss out on selection in England’s World Cup squad, which will be announced on Wednesday, according to the Mirror. Manchester City’s Fabian Delph is set to be named in the 23-man squad instead, as the Gunners midfielder is due to miss out on selection entirely. Delph is yet to feature under England boss Gareth Southgate but offers him a bonus that he can play in more than one position. The City star, who has been playing at left-back this season, has just nine caps for England to his name, with his last outing in 2015. It’s been reported that Southgate called Wilshere on Tuesday morning to relay the news to him. Wilshere was selected for the most recent England squad, but he was forced to pull out through injury and Southgate isn’t prepared to take a chance on the Arsenal man this time out. The 26-year-old must now prepare for next season and get going again for Arsenal to force his way back into contention.

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Perhaps the most interesting selection dilemma comes at central defence, where nobody has an unarguable case for a starting place. Of those plying their trade in the big six, John Stones hasn’t always been convincing for Manchester City, Gary Cahill spent a good while out of Chelsea’s team, and Phil Jones remains Phil Jones. Meanwhile Eric Dier’s been mostly a midfielder for a while now. Let’s hope Harry Maguire gets the nod. After all, he’s the member of the squad that looks most like he could have been playing in 1966.

Other questions: Will the experiment with Kyle Walker as a right-sided central defender continue? Will the rusty Danny Rose get the nod over Ashley Young or Fabian Delph? And is five — Alexander-Arnold, Jones, Trippier, Walker, Young — a record for the most (sort-of) right-backs taken to a major tournament?

You know, Raheem Sterling played at right wingback for a bit. Let’s make that six.

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The midfield, or lack thereof

Eric Dier? Check. Jordan Henderson? Check. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Ah, now there’s a problem.

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Wilshere was recalled to the England squad in March following his consistent performances for the club but he The playmaker told Sky Sports News: “I am hopeful, but it all comes down to Gareth and his coaching staff. 2018 FIFA World Cup Guide. Telstar – 2018 FIFA Worldcup Official Match Ball.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury was unfortunate, and horribly timed, given he was finally beginning to flourish into the player that he’d always hinted at becoming. What’s intriguing is the list of fringe midfielders that Gareth Southgate, for various reasons, hasn’t called up to replace him: no Jack Wilshere, no Jonjo Shelvey, no Jake Livermore, no Mark Noble, no Adam Lallana.

Instead, Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets the nod, along with the possibility of cover from Delph and Alexander-Arnold. If England go with three in the middle, we’d guess at Dier, Henderson, and Dele Alli. And if England get injuries, it’ll all start to look a little improvised.

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Goals! Goals?

Given Raheem Sterling’s wonderful season, we’d imagine he’s nailed on to start whatever Southgate’s chosen formation. The other wing, if necessary, can be filled by either Jesse Lingard or Marcus Rashford. But the most pleasing thing about England’s attacking options is they have two genuinely scary central strikers who are good at very different things.

Indeed, it might even be worth rotating them in accordance with the opposition. Against teams that will sit deep and crowd the box, pick Kane. He’ll get shots, and he’s good at them. Against teams that will push up and look to dominate the ball, pick Vardy. There will be space, and he can do that hyperactive were-terrier thing he does.

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Southgate’s not going to do that, of course. Kane’s going to start. But, oh, just think about how beautiful the noise would be. England take on Brazil, and Southgate drops Kane. The internet would snap in half.

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The stand-bys

Southgate has named five players as stand-bys for the tournament, and given that injuries do often turn up at the end of the season, it won’t be a surprise if one or more end up travelling to Russia.

Four of them are straightforward back-ups: Tom Heaton in goal, James Tarkowski in defence, and Jake Livermore and Lewis Cook in midfield. But the fifth is Adam Lallana, who would almost certainly be in the full squad if he’d had a full season at Liverpool.

Given the total lack of any other attacking player on this list of five, Lallana is effectively covering almost a third of the 23-man squad. It won’t be too surprising if this omission ends up being just another few weeks to work on his fitness. And then, if he goes and is fit, he might well end up playing. England don’t have anybody else quite like him.

The FA’s announcement video

... is brilliant, and anybody saying otherwise is not to be trusted.

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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