Friday, April 20, 2018

England Projected 2018 World Cup Team

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

My projected World Cup teams for SpainBrazilGermanyArgentinaEngland and France.

This is my projection of England's 23 member squad at the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. At the time of writing(April, 2018), I came up with players with the most often used in recent games.

Final squad different vs my prediction on this blog
Out: Joe Hart, James Tarkowski, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured)
In: Nick Pope, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones.

GK: Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Pickford has previously played for Sunderland's academy, reserve, and senior teams in addition to loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End. He signed for Everton for a fee of £25 million in June 2017. Pickford received his first call-up from the full England national team for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in October 2016, making his debut in November 2017 in a friendly against Germany.
Jordan Pickford 
GK: Joe Hart (West Ham)
Hart began his career at Shrewsbury Town. In 2006, he moved to top-flight Manchester City. He spent his early career on loan elsewhere. Hart was was voted as the Premier League goalkeeper of the 2009–10 season while at Birmingham. He returned to Manchester City for the 2010–11 season.  He won the Golen Glove 4 time in 5 seasons. Hart has gained over 70 caps and was selected in England's squads for two World Cups and as many UEFA European Championships.

GK: Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Butland began his career with Birmingham City, but mainly sent out for loans. He transferred to Premier League club Stoke City in January 2013 for a fee of £3.3 million, but spent his career on loan elsewhere until 2015 where he became first choice. Butland was the first choice for Great Britain squad at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2012, he received his senior cap at the age of 19, the youngest ever England's keeper.

RB: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Walker started with Sheffield United F.C. In 2009, he joined Tottenham Hotspurs. He spent some time on loan before returning to Tottenham Hotspurs.  He established himself as one of England's best fullback. In 2017, he joined Manchester City. Since 2011, he has played for England. He represented England at the European Championship in 2016.
Kyle Walker 
RB: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Trippier was a youth product at Manchester City, but only spent his time on loan before joining Burnley. He spent three seasons with Burnley before joining Tottenham Hotspurs in 2015.  In 2018, he received his fist callup for England after replacing the injured Walker at the club level.

CB: Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
Born in Sheffield, Maguire came through the youth system at Sheffield United before graduating to the first team. He spent three seasons with Sheffield United before joining Hull City in 2014.  He also spent time on loan with Wigan. In 2017, he joined Leicester City.  He made his England's debut in 2017 under manager Gareth Southgate.

CB:  James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Tarkowski started his career with League One club Oldham Athletic in 2011.  In 2014, he moved to play for Brentford.  In 2015, he joined Burnley.  A year later, his club grained promotion, where he began his career was in the Premiership.  Tarkowski is eligible for England and Poland at international level. He made his international debut in 2018.

CB: John Stones (Manchester City)
Stones began his career with Barnsley, making his first-team debut in the Championship in 2012 as a 17-year-old. He joined Premier Everton  in January 2013.  He spent over four seasons at the Merseyside club.  In 2016, he signed for Manchester City.  With England, he made his debut in 2014.  He was a non-playing member at Euro 2016.
John Stones
CB: Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Gomez began his career at Charlton Athletic, breaking into the first team at 17 and playing one full senior season before joining Liverpool in June 2015.  He was part of the squad that won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Malta.  In 2017, he made his senior debut. He is considered to be England's future starting centerback.

LB: Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Rose started his professional career at Leeds United in 2006.  After a single season, he joined Tottenham Hotspurs. After spending many years on loan, he returned to the London club in 2013. Internationally, he represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.  He made his England debut in 2014. He went to France for the European Championship ion 2016.

LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Bertrand began his career with Chelsea and was under contract for them from 2006 to 2015, but he spent most of his career on loan.  In 2015, he joined Southampton, where his career finally took off. In 2012, he received his first cap for England. He went to the European Championship in 2016.

CM: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Alli made his professional debut with his hometown Milton Keynes Dons in 2011.  He signed for Tottenham Hotspur in February 2015. In his first full campaign at White Hart Lane, Alli was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year, and won again the second year. He made his national team debut in 2015.  He was a part of the Euro 2016 team.
Dele Alli 
CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek began his career with Chelsea in 2014.  For his first three seasons, he was mainly a backup player.  In 2017, he was sent on a loan to Crystal Palace. In 2017, he made his national team debut.  He is considered to be the future of English football.

DM: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Dier grew up in Portugal with British parents and was signed by Sporting CP at an early age. He spent two seasons on the first there. In 2014, he joined Tottenham Hotspurs in England. Dier was one of models for England's Umbro kit in 2011 as a 16 years old before he was considered by England at any level. In 2015, he received his first senior cap.  He was a part of the team at Euro 2016 in France. 

CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the son of former England international Mark Chamberlain.  He made his name with Southampton.  He signed for Arsenal in 2011 after a single season at the senior level.  In 2017, he left Arsenal for Liverpool.  At the time of writing, he has 32 caps.  He participated at the European Championship in 2012.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 
CM: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Henderson began his career at Sunderland in 2008, with a loan spell at Coventry City in 2009, before moving to Liverpool in 2011. He became captain of Liverpool in 2015 following the departure of Steven Gerrard. In 2010, Henderson won his first cap for England.  He has represented the country at UEFA Euro 2012 and 2016, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

LB/LW: Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Young started his career at Watford.  In January 2007, he transferred to Aston Villa.  He established himself in the first team at Villa Park and won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2009. In 2011, Young signed for Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. He has gone on to win every trophy available in English football. 

AM/FW/LW: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Lingard came from Manchester United academy. He made his senior debut while on loan at Leicester City in 2012.  He spent time on loan at Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County.  He is a key player for Manchester United.  He made his England debut in 2016.
Jesse Lingard
FW: Jamie Vardy (Leicester Town)
From 2007 to 2012, Vardy played in the lower leagues of English football.  In 2012, he joined Leicester City, which was then in the Championship. In 2015-2016, his career took off.  He was voted the Premier League Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year as outsiders Leicester won the title. He earned his first cap in 2015 before his breakout season.  He became a key player soon after.

AM/FW: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
He broke into the Liverpool lineup as a 17 years old in 2012, where he became their star players until 2015.  In the spring of 2015, he had a contract disputes with the club.  He moved to Manchester City for 44 million pounds.  He made his national team debut in 2012.  He played at Brazil 2014.  At the time of writing, he is widely considered to be England's greatest hope for the future. Liked John Barnes, he was born in Jamaica.
Raheem Sterling
ST: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Welbeck made his senior debut with Manchester United. After loan spells with Preston Northland and Sunderland, he returned to Old Trafford for the 2011-2012 season. After three seasons, he joined Arsenal. At the time of writing, he has 37 caps.  He represented England at the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil.

ST: Macus Rashford (Manchester United)
In 2015, Rashford made his professional debut with Manchester United.  He received his first callus from England soon after. He scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match. He was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016.
ST: Harry Kane (England)
At the time of writing, Kane has played his entire career with Tottenham Hotspurs, except a few seasons on loan.  Kane made his first-team debut for Tottenham on 25 August 2011.  He finished top scorer of both the 2015–16 and the 2016–17 Premier League seasons, and aided Tottenham in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on both occasions.  For England, he has earned over 23 caps.
Harry Kane
Players considered
Adam Lallana, Jack Wilshere, Michael Keane, Luke Shaw, Aaron Cresswell, James Tarkowski, Jake Livermore, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Harry Winks, Nathaniel Clyne, Tom Heaton, Chris Smalling.

Squad Explanation
-- Gareth Southgate seemed to like Jordan Henderson and Kieran Trippier
-- Ruben Loftus-Cheek played a wonderful friendly against Germany.
-- Ashley Young was on the bubble, but Southgate probably takes him. I have this feeling that I might be wrong.
-- Gary Chaill probably will not hold onto his spot because of poor performance this season. I took James Tarkowski over him.
-- I took Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as young players.


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