2018 World Cup: The England players in line for a seat on the plane

Which of Gareth Southgate's most recent squad did enough to book their seat on the plane to Russia?


GOALKEEPERS

  1. 1 Jordan Pickford [Everton]

    The new £30m 'keeper should arguably be England's current number one.

    He is a superb shot-stopper, a brilliant decision-maker and has wonderful distribution.

    Pickford could easily be England's number one for the next 10 years.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  2. 2 Tom Heaton [Burnley]

    The Burnley number one is an excellent shot-stopper and constantly bails his club side out of trouble with seemingly impossible saves.

    However, Southgate will only pick three goalkeepers, and he is the one most likely to miss out.

    RealSport verdict: NO

  3. 3 Jack Butland [Stoke City]

    In fairness, it should be Jack Butland battling Pickford for the number one shirt.

    The Stoke City 'keeper has been magnificent since returning from a long injury lay off and he's another almighty presence in goal with great reflexes.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  4. 4 Joe Hart [West Ham]

    The enigma that is Joe Hart.

    His place as number one appears to be secure at least for the near future, despite having a dodgy couple of years that have been rife with individual errors.

    He has the experience of major tournaments and is nailed on for at least a place in the squad.

    RealSport verdict: YES

DEFENDERS

  1. 1 Ryan Bertrand [Southampton]

    A good player with excellent technique, Ryan Bertrand has started both of the last two qualifiers due to Danny Rose's injury.

    The Southampton left back is likely to at least be back up at the World Cup, depending on how well Rose's recovery goes.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  2. 2 Gary Cahill [Chelsea]

    The most experienced defender in the squad, and a shout for the captaincy. 

    There are still doubts over Gary Cahill's overall quality, but he was superb for Chelsea last season and will undoubtedly be in the squad as a senior member.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  3. 3 Aaron Cresswell [West Ham]

    In theory, the back up to the back up. A good player, but if Rose can get back to full fitness and his high level of performances, Aaron Cresswell is unlikely to make the squad.

    RealSport verdict: NO

  4. 4 Phil Jones [Manchester United]

    Before the season starts, this would have been a no.

    However, Phil Jones has made a great start to the season for Manchester United, firmly establishing himself in the team for the Premier League table toppers, and starting both of England's qualifiers.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  5. 5 Michael Keane [Everton]

    Another big money signing for Everton, Keane has proven himself to be a capable defender in a low block system who is also comfortable on the ball.

    This could be crucial when facing tougher opposition who may force England to play deeper.

    Not only that, Keane can play in a back four or three and should definitely be in the squad.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  6. 6 Harry Maguire [Leucester City]

    Harry Maguire has been fantastic for Leicester since his summer move from relegated Hull.

    A solid defender who's excellent at playing out from the back, his qualities are also suited to playing both in a back four and three.

    An outstanding display against United highlighted his ability to perform on big stages.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  7. 7 Chris Smalling [Manchester United]

    Struggling to break into the United side, and also the England one.

    Chris Smalling isn't a bad defender by any means, but England have better ones to choose from.

    RealSport verdict: NO

  8. 8 John Stones [Manchester City]

    England's best prospect at centre-half, but it was hoped he would have established himself as a better defender by now.

    Stones gets a lot of undeserved criticism and has the capabilities to be world-class. He should start.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  9. 9 Kieran Trippier [Tottenham]

    Kieran Trippier is an excellent crosser of the ball and that's exciting, but there's not much else to his game.

    He filled in well for Kyle Walker last season but both his former Spurs teammate and Nathaniel Clyne are better all-round right backs.

    If Clyne can get back to full fitness, he should take a seat on the plane ahead of Trippier.

    RealSport verdict: NO

  10. 10 Kyle Walker [Manchester City]

    The world's most expensive defender has had an awkward start to life at Manchester City, however his quality is obvious.

    A certainty to be in the starting XI.

    RealSport verdict: YES

MIDFIELDERS

  1. 1 Dele Alli [Tottenham]

    The golden boy of this English generation and the one player who can produce that moment of magic out of nothing.

    One of the first names on the team sheet, Dele Alli could easily go into the World Cup as one of the best players in Europe.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  2. 2 Nathaniel Chalobah [Watford]

    Great credit must go to Nathaniel Chalobah for making the move from Watford to Chelsea.

    He has made a great start with the Hornets and is a good passer of the ball from deep, something England could do with in their side.

    Whether he makes it to Russia depends how well he develops this season.

    RealSport verdict: 50/50

  3. 3 Eric Dier [Tottenham]

    Eric Dier the versatility to play in both defence and midfield and several tactical set ups.

    Excellent on the ball, despite lapses in concentration, and he's a very intelligent player who also shows good aggression.

    A useful squad player whether he starts or not.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  4. 4 Jordan Henderson [Liverpool]

    The favourite, along with Harry Kane, to take the captain's armband, 

    Southgate sees Henderson as a vital member of the squad and he'll be on the plane to Russia.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  5. 5 Jake Livermore [West Brom]

    Seemingly a favourite of Southgate, Jake Livermore is tidy and brings good organisation to the midfield.

    However, there are more talented players available for England, and it would be a surprise to see Livermore in the squad.

    RealSport verdict: NO

  6. 6 Jesse Lingard [Manchester United]

    Jesse Lingard has proven frequently that he is a useful player to have.

    He can pop up with an important goal or assist and can play centrally or out wide.

    There may be more talented players, but don't underestimate his importance to the squad.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  7. 7 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [Liverpool]

    'The Ox' can drive defenders mad with his pace and dribbling ability, though his end product and decision-making can often flatter to deceive.

    There were times over the course of this international break where Oxlade-Chamberlain looked an athlete first, footballer second.

    It remains to be seen whether the £40m move to Liverpool will be the making of him.

    RealSport verdict: 50/50

  8. 8 Raheem Sterling [Manchester City]

    It's fair to say Raheem Sterling is yet to live up to his potential.

    However, he is a wonderful dribbler and is a far more intelligent, tactically disciplined player than he is given credit for.

    If he can improve his end product, he will become one of the best players in the world.

    RealSport verdict: YES

STRIKERS

  1. 1 Jermain Defoe [AFC Bournemouth]

    A superb season for Sunderland saw a return to the national set up for Jermain Defoe.

    The 34-year-old still has that goal-scorer's instinct and is one of the sharpest shooters in Europe, able to flash his shot past the goalkeeper in the blink of an eye.

    His inclusion is, however, dependent on how successful he is at Bournemouth this season, and the form of some of the other options.

    RealSport verdict: 50/50

  2. 2 Harry Kane [Tottenham]

    The man who will lead England's forward line barring injury and arguably Southgate's best choice for the captaincy.

    Harry Kane is world-class and one of the first names on the team sheet.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  3. 3 Marcus Rashford [Manchester United]

    One of the most talented teenagers in Europe, Marcus Rashford has the potential to be world-class.

    The United man can play out wide or through the middle and has that special spark that can decide a game, scoring the winner against Slovakia on Monday night.

    His potential is frightening.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  4. 4 Daniel Sturridge [Liverpool]

    Arguably the country's best finisher, Daniel Sturridge's inclusion is solely dependant on his horrific injury record.

    If he can stay fit and rack up the appearances for Liverpool, he will be in the squad.

    RealSport verdict: 50/50

  5. 5 Jamie Vardy [Leicester City]

    Jamie Vardy offers something slightly different to England's other options. 

    His pace and directness in behind defences, coupled with his ruthless finishing and high work rate, make him a valuable member of the squad.

    RealSport verdict: YES

  6. 6 Danny Welbeck [Arsenal]

    Most of Danny Welbeck's play is top class. However, often when he's presented with a chance, he can be found wanting. 

    Welbeck is still a good player who should be in the squad though.

    RealSport verdict: YES

Other possible inclusions:

LB: Danny Rose [Tottenham]

CM: Adam Lallana [Liverpool]

RW: Demarai Gray [Leicester City]

CM: Harry Winks [Tottenham]

RB: Nathaniel Clyne [Liverpool]

ST: Tammy Abraham [Chelsea - On loan at Swansea City]

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold [Liverpool]

CM: Tom Davies [Everton]

CM: Jonjo Shelvey [Newcastle United]

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