FIFA 18 World Cup mode: England's ratings revealed as EA Sports downgrade Harry Kane & Co.
FIFA 18's immense popularity does not seem to plummet, even at the end of the footballing season. In fact, it is at this point that the game starts to offer a chance to football fans to revisit their team, whether via career mode or ultimate team.
With the World Cup coming our way this year, EA Sports have taken this opportunity to announce a free patch to the beloved FIFA 18. The aforementioned patch will bring to our consoles and computers, all 32 national sides, fully updated and kitted in their World Cup uniforms. The patch will also bring to the game all the new arenas which will be used in this edition of the World Cup.
Fans around the world are eagerly waiting for the patch to go live. EA is doing their bit to fuel the hype around the game, by indulging in one of the most debated aspects of FIFA- Player Ratings. The people over at EA are counting down for the World Cup by revealing each of the 32 nations' ratings. So far they have revealed the overalls of players from Belgium, Mexico, France, Argentina, and Germany.
Next up, is England. Gareth Southgate's squad announcement on May 16 was met with a range of emotions. England fans and pundits displayed the full emotional spectrum after learning of the names of the players headed to Russia. However inexperienced the squad may be, we take a look at how they will be rated in the virtual edition of the game.
#1 GK - Jordan Pickford (79)
Jordan Pickford jumped Sunderland's sinking ship earlier this season when he switched to Everton. The switch from Tyneside to Merseyside brought with it a lot of expectations. It's fair to say that Pickford was able to match those expectations with his performances, keeping his goal safe behind a shaky defense.
Everton failed to provide enough protection to Pickford and his goal, conceding a total of fifty-eight goals in the Premier League this season.
However, the Toffees' defensive failures won't harm Pickford's chances to start in goal ahead of Jack Butland and Nick Pope. Butland had a terrible campaign as his side, Stoke City, were finally relegated from the league. Nick Pope did the best, out of the three, but his relative inexperience at an international level means that Pickford is the likeliest to be chosen in goal.
Jordan Pickford is currently rated 80 in FIFA 18, a rating which will fall once the World Cup mode is live. Pickford is one in the long line of players who EA has decided to downgrade.