5 Players who might not make England's World Cup Squad
Picking a 23-man squad for the World Cup is a tricky situation for every national team manager. However, the England manager's job is arguably the most scrutinised job in world football. Former England international and U-21 manager, Gareth Southgate, replaced Sam Allardyce as the Three Lions boss in late 2016.
England manager and former Middlesbrough defender Gareth Southgate is going to face a difficult task to select his 23 man squad for the World Cup. The manager has a lot of options to choose from, which is regarded healthy before a world cup, although the process of elimination could leave a few players heartbroken.
The competition for places in every position will create a headache for the manager, who will have to sort out a squad of 23, based on their club performances and value added to the national team.
Here we take look at five players who might not make the England World squad.
#5 Michael Keane
Everton's signing from Burnley, Michael Keane had a stellar campaign last time out with the Clarets that saw him win his first cap for England. Before the start of the season, the player opted for a move to Everton to develop his career. The former Manchester United player, now aged 24 has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings in his first season.
With the World Cup fast approaching, added to the fact that the competition for places in the central defensive position is palpable, the young defender might miss out on the national team squad.
With the likes of Cahill, Jones, Smalling, Stones, Dier, Maguire and Gomez who can all play in the position and are having relatively good club seasons thus far, Keane will probably have to wait to make his first tournament squad.
Keane has made four appearances for England under Gareth Southgate but the young defender is a definite future England tournament player.