FIFA World Cup 2018: The England XI that will not be playing in Russia
Whenever there is a major international tournament, England inadvertently draws a lot of attention and the popularity of the Premier League is the major reason why.
England’s Golden Generation of the 2000s featuring the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and many more were expected to put up a strong fight for the World Cup and the Euro but they always failed to deliver. In fact, they even failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
The current England team is a far cry from that team and as a result, the expectation level has also come down. This might actually help England as very few expect them to go deep into the tournament.
Gareth Southgate’s squad selection for the World Cup was bold, to say the least as he left out several big names. He has gone with an inexperienced side that has two uncapped players - Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nick Pope. Including these two, there are eight players with fewer than 10 caps and there is only one player in the squad with more than 40 appearances and that’s Gary Cahill with 58 caps.
Southgate’s selection has drawn a mixed response with many believing that he left out some players who deserved to be in the squad. On that note, we picked an XI of English players that will not feature at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart
England’s Golden Generation featured some of the country’s finest forwards, midfielders and defenders. However, the goalkeeping department was an area of concern during that era.
The Three Lions juggled with options like David James, Paul Robinson, Scott Carson and Robert Green for many years.
So when an English keeper became an integral part of the revolution at Manchester City, it was good news for England fans. For the most part of the 2010s, Joe Hart was England’s and Manchester City's undisputed #1 and he picked up four consecutive Golden Glove awards in the Premier League.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola was the beginning of the end for Joe Hart. He spent the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham with very little success. In fact, he only played 19 games for West Ham this season after losing his place to Adrian for a while.