With the World Cup in Russia just around the corner, England are preparing for success. After the launch of their home and away strip and now the line up of players, the team is well on their way to becoming all set for the tournament.
Recently announced by Gareth Southgate, the official World Cup squad list has now been released. However, Southgate is still undecided on who is to Captain the team to victory. Previously Kane, Dier and Henderson have all been picked for the spot, so who will it be? We will just have to wait to find out.
England 2018 Kit Inspirations
Nike are yet again the manufacturers of the England home, away, training and accessories ranges. Both of the core strips have been inspired by aspects of the country and their representation. The home for example is a white jersey with
blue and red accents that coordinates with the team’s crest. However, the away shirt is a red base with white detailing that reflects the St Georges cross on the England flag.
Squad Line Up
Lets take a quick look at who the players are that have been selected for the upcoming World Cup:
Currently playing for Stoke City football club, Butland is one of three goal keepers chosen. At only 25 years old, he has been capped seven times and over his 7 years of playing for Championship and Premier League club teams he has gained a loyal following.
Everton Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is 24 years old and has played for England in 2017 and 2018. Despite suffering an injury after the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, Pickford made his debut against Germany and is ready to take on the tournament to come.
Pope is the third and final Goalkeeper selection for the England national team. Playing for Burnley, Pope has played a total of 163 matches throughout his career that started in 2011.
Central defender Cahill has played for England a total of 58 times where they saw 36 wins, 13 draws and 9 losses. Currently playing for Chelsea, over his many years playing soccer he has achieved an outstanding 44 goals.
Playing for current Premier League Winners – Manchester City, Walker is another defender chosen to go to Russia. In the 2018 World Cup qualifiers he achieved 2 assists, and 18 interceptions. Taking to the field for England for 34 appearances so far, we expect to see more from him this season.
Manchester United defender Young, has been selected to play for England a total of 33 times. In the World Cup qualifiers Young had 84% passes and 20% crosses. From the beginning of his career in 2003 he has acquired a total of 16 goals.
Another defender from Manchester United, Jones has played for England 24 times. In the qualifiers we saw 44% aerials, 100% tackles and 3 successful interceptions.
Stones is currently playing for Premier League Champions – Manchester City and has made a total of 24 senior caps in his career. 14 interceptions, 85% tackles and 94% passes were seen from Stones during the World Cup qualifiers.
Successful undergoing 8 interceptions in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Rose has made 16 appearances for England. Current Tottenham Hotspur defender, Rose is a fantastic addition to the national team with 11 goals scored since 2006.
The final Manchester City defender on the England team, Delph is 29 years old with 9 senior caps. Prior to Man City, Delph has played for the likes of Leeds and Aston Villa, mounting a career total of 19 goals.
In the qualifiers Trippier had 1 successful interception and a 100% success rate when it came to tackling. Seen 5 times playing for his country, defender Trippier is currently part of Tottenham Hotspur FC.
At the moment Maguire is defending for Leicester City FC, but has been chosen to play for the English national team on 4 occasions. During the qualifying rounds of the World Cup, he had successful passes at 87% and aerials of 43%.
One of the youngest players, Alexander Arnold is a defender for his home town club – Liverpool. Although he is new to the international soccer scene, he has acquired player of the season two times in a row with his current team.
Henderson has been selected to play midfield 38 times for England, and when he is not taking part in international soccer preparation, he plays for Liverpool FC. Sixteen interceptions were seen by Henderson during the qualifiers and he had a 90% pass success rate.
While making his 25 appearances for England, Dier also plays midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur FC. With a 90% success pass rate and 12 interceptions, Dier made a great start in the qualifiers, especially when he scored 1 goal against Slovakia.
During the qualifying games, Dele Alli managed to score 1 goal along with 1 assist and an 82% pass rating. Capped 23 times for the England team, Dele Alli also plays midfielder position for Tottenham Hotspur.
Scoring 1 goal against Netherlands in the qualifiers, Jesse Lingard is a defender for the England team. Appearing at 10 matches so far, Lingard has played for his country for three years in a row. As well as representing his national team, he also plays for Manchester United.
Ruben Loftus- Cheek
Yet to play in the World Cup matches, Loftus-Cheek has only played for the English team a total of two times. Despite his limited international football experience he has managed to score 2 goals each for Chelsea and Crystal Palace since 2014.
Manchester City forward, Sterling has taken to the pitch to play for England 37 times throughout his career. The qualifying rounds say 2 successful assists from him and we expect to see much more in the group stages.
Starting the World Cup journey off to a great beginning, Arsenal’s forward Welbeck scored 1 goal away against Malta, whereby England beat the home team 4-0. With 37 caps and a career total of 64 goals, Welbeck is sure to do the team
proud this season.
Tottenham Hotspur forward, Kane has captained the England team previously during his 23 appearances with the club. Named man of the match after their 4-0 victory against Malta, Kane has scored the highest amount of goals so far in the qualifiers, totalling to 5.
Vardy, who currently plays forward position for Leicester City as well as the England team, has made 21 caps. Vardy has scored 2 goals so far in the qualifying rounds, and the one against Italy lead to a victorious win, thanks to him, of 1-0.
Throughout the World Cup qualifiers Rashford had scored 1 goal against Slovakia as well as completing 2 assists. The 21 year old Manchester United forward has so far made 17 caps for his country.
Is 2018 England’s Year
What are your thoughts on the England squad selection for the 2018 World Cup? We can’t wait for the tournmanet kick-off on the 14thJune, or the first game to feature the English national team that will be played on the 18thJune against Tunisia.
This article was written exclusively for Soccer Box by Loren Astbury. Show with us for all your 2018 World Cup kits and club football shirts.