Probable England Squad for World Cup 2018
I have put together a slideshow that showcases my probable 23-man England squad to Russia.
England will land in Russia with very high hopes of ending a fifty odd-year-old drought. The current crop of players is youthful and certainly has the X-factor. As always, the English manager has plenty to choose from. Here I am going to list the players whom I think will make the 23-man squad and the reasons why Gareth Southgate might go for them.
Everton ended the season on a much better note when compared to Stoke City, who ended up being relegated. Although there is nothing much to choose between Pickford and Butland, I reckon the Everton stopper might most probably get the nod as the England No. 1 at Russia.
It is going to be quite a tight race between Pickford and Butland, but I reckon Southgate might go with the former given the morale carried from the Premier League season.
Although Joe Hart brings in a bag of experience playing in big tournaments, Southgate might side towards youth and current form. Nick Pope has been excellent for Burnley in the absence of another England probable Tom Heaton and should be able to make the squad as the third-choice goalkeeper.