World Cup Russia 2018: England – Preview, Squad and Potential Line-Up
England, England, England… Where should you start? The team with arguably the best league in the world but with a national team that hasn’t won anything since 1966. The country has participated in 14 championships and even if it was more than 50 years ago, the English fans are still expecting the team to go really far or even winning the tournament. This will most likely not happen but as their rivals in group G Belgium, the English team only consists of top talented players. Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and more will be a strong offensive threat no matter what team will be on the opposite side of the pitch.
Regarding their last couple of tournament, the team has not really performed as they should have had. In the last European Championship, the team was knock-out by Iceland (!). Iceland later when on to be humiliated by France in the next stage. The English supporters are often talking about a lack of moral and motivation when representing the national team. In earlier tournaments, it has often been stated that the strong rivalry between teams in the domestic league has resulted in that players rarely would socialize with players from other teams and not collaborate particularly well on the pitch. This might be different this time around. Firstly, the loyalty within European football is not what it used to. Sure, between a Manchester City and Manchester United, a Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal and a Chelsea and West Ham, the rivarly is still there. The biggest difference is that players like former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand are not present and equivalent players are not included. This improves the chances for the English team to perform well and play good football.
In a group like this, the sheer talent included in the English squad should make sure that they advance to the rounds of 16. Belgium will be difficult but the Englishmen might be able to draw against their European rivals. A win is most likely not gonna happen. In the game against Panama, the Lions should win with at least 3 or 4 goals, if not, that could be devastating if the game against Tunisia won’t end up like the Britts want. Sure, the two previous games feel pretty solid but personally, the first game for the team and that is against Tunisia could be home for an upset. Tunisia is solid in the back and is difficult to penetrate. Later, the team focuses on counterattacking and this could hurt the English if they relax (like they did against Iceland in the Euros). Tunisia could absolutely draw this game, and that is a solid bet. Later, England should really advance to the knock-out stages, anything else would be a disgrace.
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Below you can find England’s final 23-man squad:
Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford
Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill
Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling
Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck
Tunisia vs England – 18/06/2018 – 19.00 GMT
England vs Panama – 23/06/2018 – 13.00 GMT
England vs Belgium – 28/06/2018 – 19.00 GMT
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