England have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. While their place at the tournament is secured, there is constant debates about who will make this squad. Can any of these Arsenal players make it onto the plane?
The most likely Arsenal player to be in England’s squad for Russia, Danny Welbeck could be a useful player for Gareth Southgate to have at his disposal if fit. The problem is, that’s a big if. Welbeck has had serious injuries over the years and has already been out of action twice this season. Having said that, Welbeck has scored three goals in six Premier League appearances during this campaign. He limped off in Arsenal’s recent defeat against Watford with a hamstring injury but hopefully it won’t keep him out for too long. Welbeck scored for England on the 1st of September in a 4-0 win over Malta during World Cup qualifying. Welbeck’s fellow Mancunian Marcus Rashford operates in a similar position to him so if Welbeck does make the squad, he will most likely be coming off the bench.
Chance of making the England squad: 3/5
In the squad for both the 2014 World Cup squad and the 2016 Euros squad, Jack Wilshere is a gamble for the 2018 World Cup squad. Wilshere has spent most of his career on the treatment table but when he is fit, he is an excellent player. Arsene Wenger recently claimed that Wilshere “is in the best form I’ve seen him in for a long time”. However, despite impressing in the Europa League and the EFL Cup, Wenger has still not given him a single Premier League minute this season. It doesn’t take much to make the England squad these days and if Jack Wilshere can stay fit and start playing in the league, he might just be in contention.
Chance of making the England squad: 2/5
A surprise inclusion in Sven Goran Eriksson’s England squad for the 2006 World Cup, Theo Walcott was thrust onto the international stage far too soon. Eriksson had not seen him play which made Walcott’s inclusion even more bizarre. Despite being one of only two fully fit strikers in the England squad, Walcott did not play during the tournament. Walcott was not part of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads. It is doubtful that he will make the 2018 squad either. At 28 years of age, this could be Walcott’s last chance but he will struggle to force his way in. Walcott hasn’t started a Premier League match for Arsenal this season and if that doesn’t change soon, it will be almost impossible to justify even considering him. He hasn’t played for England since November last year in the friendly with Spain which ended 2-2. Unfortunately Walcott’s wait for his first World Cup appearance seems likely to continue.
Chance of making the England squad: 1/5
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