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Reaction to England's World Cup Squad announcement


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Jack Butland (Stoke)

Butland conceded a lot of goals with Stoke this season which saw them get relegated after a ten-year stay in the Premier League. However, he has remained fairly consistent and has the traditional build for a goalkeeper.

VERDICT: Correct decision


Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Pickford again conceded a lot of goals with Everton this season. He does not have the same build as Butland but is arguably better with his feet, which is valuable if England want to play out from the back.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Nick Pope (Burnley)

Pope had a brilliant breakthrough season with Burnley after stepping in for the injured Tom Heaton. He has proved to be a good shotstopper, and could prove to be a handy backup, despite his inexperience.

VERDICT: Correct decision


Tom Heaton (Burnley) 


Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City)



Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Alexander-Arnold has not had a senior England cap before, but the 19-year old deserves his place. He had an impressive breakthrough season with Liverpool and could be a threat in the right wing-back role.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Cahill has not enjoyed the best of seasons with Chelsea and has not featured consitently in their team. He offers experience and leadership but there are other centre-backs better than him that have been omitted.

VERDICT: Incorrect decision (replace with James Tarkowski)

Phil Jones (Man Utd)

Jones has not featured consistently in the Man Utd team but loves to defend and has experience playing in a back three. He offers needed experience at the back which the team arguably lacks.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Harry Maguire (Leicester)

Maguire had a good season with Leicester and deserves his place in the squad. He is comfortable on the ball, which is required by Southgate tactically, and even has an eye for a goal.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Rose has been injured for most of the season and when he has played, his performances have been average. However, when fully fit he is a force that cannot be left out and he suits the left wing-back role.

VERDICT: Correct decision

John Stones (Man City)

Stones has not featured consistently this season with Man City but his ability and calmness on the ball is a vital reason as to why he has been included. He is a likely starter in the middle of the back-three for Southgate.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)

Trippier has enjoyed a good season with Spurs as the ready-made replacement for Kyle Walker and his attacking exploits make him suited to the right wing-back role.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Kyle Walker (Man City)

Walker has excelled at Man City under Pep Guardiola and there was no doubt he would be included. Southgate strangely favours him in a centre-back role, but he is much better when going forward from right wing-back.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Ashley Young (Man Utd)

Young had a solid season at left-back for Man Utd, having originally started his career as a winger. He is arguably better going forward and crossing the ball and offers experience in a fairly youthful squad.

VERDICT: Correct decision


James Tarkowski (Burnley)


Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Chris Smalling (Man Utd)



Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Alli has not had the best of seasons with Spurs but his past performances and his knack for getting goals and assists make him worthy of his place. I am not sure he should be a starter though.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Fabian Delph (Man City)

Delph surprised everyone with his solid performances at left-back but I am surprised he has been included as England need more creativity in midfield. Oxlade-Chamberlain would have gone if he was not injured.

VERDICT: Incorrect decison (replace with Jack Wilshere)

Eric Dier (Tottenham)

Dier is not the most exciting player but offers valuable versatility in being able to play at centre-back and in central midfield. He is one of the most experienced players and can also take free-kicks.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Henderson again is not the most exciting player but he is a leader and will likely start in Russia. He offers a good passing range and decent protection in front of the back-three.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)

Lingard had a good season for Man Utd, keeping the likes of Martial and Rashford out of the team. He offers a lot of energy and positivity, as well as having the knack of scoring goals in big games.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace, on loan from Chelsea)

Loftus-Cheek is an exciting young player in central midfield and has enjoyed a great season at Crystal Palace. He has had injury problems this campaign which will be a concern but his performances merit a place.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Sterling had a remarkable season at Man City under Pep Guardiola, improving so much under the manager. He will hope to translate his impressive goal-and-assist numbers into the World Cup.

VERDICT: Correct decision


Lewis Cook (Bournemouth)

Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

Jake Livermore (West Brom)


Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)



Harry Kane (Tottenham)

The first name on the team-sheet and potentially captain for the tournament. Kane enjoyed yet another season scoring a lot of goals and he will be crucial for our chances of scoring in Russia.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)

Rashford has been in-and-out of the Man Utd team this season and is not a prolific goalscorer. However, he offers a lot of pace that will frighten defenders.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Vardy enjoyed a good goal-scoring season with Leicester and his running in-behind with his pace could prove a valuable asset.

VERDICT: Correct decision

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

Welbeck has improved towards the end of the season performance-wise and surprisingly has a good goal-scoring record with England.

VERDICT: Correct decision




Glenn Murray (Brighton)


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