England failing in major tournaments is akin to the sun rising in the east and setting in the west; something we all know will happen.
Since 1996, England have failed at every major tournament they have played in and have not even reached the quarter finals of a World Cup since 2006. Their golden generation of Lampard, Gerrard and Beckham failed all those years ago, and now the hope of this great footballing nation lies with a youthful and inexperienced group of players.
However, Gareth Southgate (the new England Manager) has changed the English system and has seemed to bring a breath of fresh air and a new lease of life to these perennial under-performers. And maybe, just maybe there is a tiny flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.
Here is how I think England will line-up at Russia 2018:
There is a great debate over who will get the Number 1 jersey for England and I have chosen Jordan Pickford over Jack Butland as he is better with his feet and realistically has the chance to be England’s keeper for the next 10 years.
They are playing in a wing back system and hence the 2 wing backs would be the boys from Tottenham; Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.
At Right Center Back is Kyle Walker in his new adapted position, next to him is John Stones; the man who has all the talent in the world but is yet to showcase it and on the left side is the rugged and physical Harry Maguire of Leicester.
Playing CDM is Eric Dier, and beside him is the team’s wild card Ruben Loftus Cheek. Having Jordan Henderson in the midfield is more of the same and England are crying out for a fearless youngster to come out and take the game by the scruff of the neck and I believe RLC is that man.
Playing in front of them are Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, the latter has had his best ever season, scoring 20+ goals as Manchester City went on to dominate the Premier League. Delli Alli on the other hand has a great relationship with Harry Kane which will be key to England’s success in Russia.
Up front is the English Captain, winner of 2017’s Golden Boot and arguably the best striker in the world at the moment; Harry Kane. Majority of the hope of the three lions will be based on how well he performs and how clinical he can be in the opposition penalty area.
Most Important Player: Harry Kane
Unsung Hero: Kieran Trippier
My Prediction: They will continue to disappoint and lose to a team they’re supposed to beat.
Yesterday’s Preview: Spain
Tomorrow’s Preview: Belgium