Written by @samjsneddon
It's the year of the FIFA World Cup, the time where over a billion excited football fans sit around the telly to watch the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, even if your country is not involved (Sorry, Scotland *wink*).
Since 1998, England has qualified for the World Cup every year and of course, we won it in 1966. Since then, the furthest we've made it is to the quarter-finals. Our worst is the group stages, like last time in Brazil. But how might we do in this World Cup?
Well, the simple answer is hoping to avoid a horrifyingly embarrassing exit. The lads that will be helping us achieve that are of course those who pull on the shirt and to be honest, our players are actually pretty strong. Here's a predicted squad, as created by the Independent.
Joe Hart (GK)
Jack Butland (GK)
Jordan Pickford (GK)
Kyle Walker (RB)
Kieran Trippier (RB)
Danny Rose (LB)
Ryan Bertrand (LB)
John Stones (CB)
Phil Jones (CB)
Harry Maguire (CB)
Michael Keane (CB)
Eric Dier (CDM)
Jake Livermore (CDM)
Jordan Henderson (CM)
Harry Winks (CM)
Raheem Sterling (RW)
Adam Lallana (CAM)
Dele Alli (CAM)
Marcus Rashford (ST)
Harry Kane (ST)
Jamie Vardy (ST)
Daniel Sturridge (ST)
Jermain Defoe (ST)
(Available players as of 15/11/17)
Despite being the likely ones to board the plane, we could see a few surprises and maybe even some younger starlings.
I think it's pretty important to discuss the other members of Group G. When we all sat patiently awaiting the news of who we'd be up against in the group stages, we were surprisingly happy with our results. Group G consists of Belgium, England, Panama and Tunisia.
Here's how I think our results will go; considering we play our best, that is
Match 1 - June 18: Tunisia v England (19:00 KO) - England Win
Match 2 - June 24: England v Panama (13:00 KO) - England Win
Match 3 - June 28: England v Belgium (19:00 KO) - Belgium Win
If all goes to plan, surely that'll put us in the Round of 16, right?
It's really down to how our team plays, and recently under Gareth Southgate, our fans have been victims of some pretty poor performances. No matter how this World Cup goes, they'll be plenty of us England fans cheering on the Three Lions.
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