5 players who might not make it to England's World Cup squad
History has it, the Three Lions are a group of highly talented individuals dotted with stellar names of the Premier League. But when it comes to competing together as a team, they've always flattered to deceive. Look no further than the England team that were knocked out by Iceland at the Euro 2016.
And even if manager Gareth Southgate has overseen scores of favourable results since taking over in the aftermath of the disastrous sojourn in France, Russia 2018 would be a true test of their mettle.
Now given the riches of talent on show, not everyone would be taking the flight to Moscow to partake in the quest. There are few who see a slim chance of making the cut to Southgate's 23-man squad for the showpiece. Let's look at the top 5 of them.
#5 Luke Shaw
The Manchester United fullback has seen his stars plummet dramatically following a breakdown of his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
With only 7 appearances in the league this term, Shaw hasn't been afforded proper time to grace the field and this has come back to bite him in the international landscape.
The 22-year old hasn't been called by Southgate for the friendlies to Italy and Netherlands and stares at a real possibility of missing the flight to Russia now that even Leighton Baines has marked a successful return from injury and is a viable option at the left-back.
While there are whispers of Shaw's Manchester United career coming to an end this campaign, especially after the Portuguese gaffer harshly lambasted him following the FA Cup win last week, he might as well kiss hopes of making it to the England squad goodbye.