World Cup Preview England
Four years ago England came up against Uruguay and Italy in the group stages. Four years later the draw couldn’t have been much kinder, World Cup debutants Panama and Tunisia making their first appearance at the competition for 12 years – will be amongst England’s opponents.
Gareth Southgate will surely to have qualification wrapped up by the time his side face Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28.
June 18: Tunisia vs. England
June 24: England vs. Panama
June 28: England vs. Belgium
England will travel to the World Cup on the back of a 10-match unbeaten streak, including impressive victories over both Nigeria and Costa Rica in their two warm-up games.
An impressive first-half display during the 2-1 triumph over the ‘Super Eagles’ Nigeria at Wembley will have pleased Southgate, although the better performance was actually on show at Elland Road in Leeds on Thursday as England cruised to a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose
(Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
First of all, I do believe that England have a great chance of making the Quarter Finals. England have been dealt a fantastic group, where they should finish comfortably 2nd (possibly 1st). The next round could also be very kind. They could come up against the likes of Colombia, Japan, Poland & Senegal. The quarterfinals would be where it will get interesting with a possible encounter with Germany. That’s where they would meet their maker and ultimately bow out of the World Cup.
Quarter Finals. 11/5 William Hill.
– Uncle Sam