It has been announced that Joe Hart will not be travelling to Russia. After a disappointing season at West Ham United, he has been pushed out of the pecking order for a role in the England set up. Although his decision making and his record this year have both been poor, it means that we do not have an experienced goalkeeper travelling, which could prove costly. Hart has been the number one for many years, and has made some incredible saves for England, but he has also had some shockers, so it is not surprising to see that younger goalkeepers who have had better seasons have been called upon. Butland, Pickford and Pope get the call. Pope has to be there, he has had an incredible season coming in to replace Heaton, and has been part of the reason they have finished so high in the table. Butland will look to prove himself after a disappointing season with Stoke, a good performance at the tournament could get Butland a move back into the top flight, or even a move abroad.
Harry Maguire makes his way onto the plane, he has performed well this season for Leicester, and will look to continue this form in Russia. Standing at 6ft 3, Maguire is a physically presence who could prove vital in getting balls out of our area, but also scoring from set pieces. He has scored 14 goals so far in his career from centre back, so what better chance to add more goals to that tally. The other players available for central positions are Stones, Cahill and Jones, although Kyle Walker may come central to allow for Trippier to play down the right. Unfortunately, Tarkowski did not get his call up, and he will miss the 2018 world cup, it is a shame because Tarkowski has had such a good season for Burnley, but all he can do now is keep his head up and look forward to European football. Surprisingly, young Alexander-Arnold has made the 23 man squad, he has been a shining star for Liverpool this season, and can look forward to a champion’s league final, and possibly a world cup. Making up the rest of the defence is Young and Rose.
In midfield, Dele Alli is called up, no surprises here. Dier and Henderson are also familiar names, and Delph gets a call up as well. Lingard gets his call up to the squad after an impressive season with Manchester United, he will look to link up with club team mate Rashford in Russia. Making up the midfield is Loftus-Cheek, the young Crystal Palace player has performed well this season, and has impressed before for the England youth teams.
When it comes to attackers and England, there is no surprise that Vardy and Kane will be travelling to Russia. Both players have had incredible scoring records for the past few seasons now, this season in all competitions for club, they have a combined goal scoring record of 64 goals, 41 for Kane and 23 for Vardy. So England fans will be hopeful of this goal scoring form continuing. The other attackers are Sterling, Rashford and Welbeck, all have had good seasons this year and deserve a chance.
GK- Pope, Butland, Pickford
Defenders- Walker, Rose, Trippier, Cahill, Jones, Maguire. Alexander-Arnold, Young, Stones
Midfielders- Dele, Dier, Henderson, Delph, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek
Attackers- Kane, Vardy, Sterling, Rashford, Welbeck
Peter Scholes- My starting 11
GK – Pope
CB – Walker
CB – Stones
CM – Dier
CM – Henderson
CAM – Dele
LAM – Sterling
ST – Vardy
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