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My Ideal England XI- can we improve?

It seemed fit that after the culmination of the international break, I’d now wish to share my own ideal England eleven, of which when they are all available can hopefully, in my opinion, provide a solid base and ensure that the embarrassment of all of our previous tournament failures can be forgotten, ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

GK- Joe Hart

Despite all the arguments that England fans have which consider whether he has been outclassed by the likes of Jack Butland in recent times, which were especially frequent after a number of key mistakes were made at the Euro’s, for the foreseeable future, the keeper currently plying his trade away from Manchester City is still our best goalkeeper. That doesn’t mean though that he will be forever with the development of other younger talents.

RB- Nathaniel Clyne
The Liverpool full-back, who is thriving under Jurgen Klopp, is currently fighting Kyle Walker for the first team right back spot. Both can attack with pace and authority, however, Clyne’s better defensive ability stands him out ahead of his competitor, leaving Walker as a very well established backup.

CB- John Stones
For me, the £50 million man has the potential to stake his claim at the heart of England’s defence for many years to come. He is very well equipped with many key attributes that stand him out, although there is room for improvement, the price tag suggests that he will become a worldwide name if he can continue his development.

CB- Chris Smalling
The way I see it is that Stones’ position is concrete, whilst the other centre-half position is up for grabs. Although, Smalling should be the man ahead of Gary Cahill with his superior defensive ability and doesn’t have the same tendency to make mistakes.

LB- Danny Rose 

There is little room for debate in this position as Rose soars above everyone else in this department. He is a key part of Spurs’ solid defence and his pace in attack is matched by his defensive work and clear passion for the game. It raises the question why did it take so long for him to become a regular for his country?

CDM- Jordan Henderson
The Liverpool captain, who is looking to become the next Steven Gerrard, is having a decent season for Liverpool and is quickly establishing himself as a key addition to the heart of the England midfield.

CDM- Wayne Rooney

Perhaps controversial, but you just can’t not play your record goal scorer and despite stuttering form in recent years, for now, Rooney can still be a huge part of our side. Although playing him further up is impossible with the emergence of younger talent.

RW- Adam Lallana
Lallana, who has scored impressively in England’s last three games, seems to be growing rapidly as a player and his international form is matching his domestic form. Can he keep this going and be an England regular for years to come?

CAM- Dele Alli
After an incredible breakthrough season with Spurs last year, Dele is hopefully going to be a key player for both club and country and realise his blinding potential. Despite a recent injury and inconsistent start to the season, I can’t see him struggling for too long.

LW- Raheem Sterling
In my eyes, Sterling was the biggest flop at the Euro’s even ahead of Harry Kane with consistent poor and anonymous performances. However, his start to the season domestically under Guardiola means that he can’t be ignored and it must only go up from here.

STR- Harry Kane

With increased competition with the likes of Vardy and Rashford battling for his position, Spurs striker Harry Kane, who has had two incredible seasons with Spurs to abolish claims that he is a one season wonder, is even drawing comparisons with Alan Shearer. There is talk of a possible captaincy for England, which bodes well for his future as long as he can keep finding the back of the net on a regular basis. Although you can argue about his poor showing in the summer.

Feature Image credit: Cushdy

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