A predicted England squad for the 2018 World Cup

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Players from Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, Cardiff City, Norwich City, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal feature in this predicted squad.

This week Roy Hodgson selected the 23 men who will carry the hopes and expectations of a nation on their shoulders as they go forth onto the greatest stage in football.

For once however the expectations are very low and the side aren't expected to seriously challenge for the major honour. Many have said this competition should be used as a chance to give the youth some tournament experience. The squad does have a young feel to it, but as Roy Hodgson has said the players are all their by merit and nobody is being taken for the sake of it.

However Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 are being looked at as more realistic chances once the young players have more experience under their belts. Therefore we can expect the squads for those tournaments to contain many of the players in the current 2014 World Cup squad.

Here is a predicted squad for the World Cup in 2018 to be held in Russia:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Celtic).

Defenders: Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Jon Stones (Everton), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

Strikers: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

It will certainly be the last World Cup for players like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Phil Jagielka this summer, whilst Leighton Baines and Glen Johnson will do well to make it into another World Cup squad.

This predicted squad above looks a youthful one at this stage but in four years time they will have picked up many caps between them. Joe Hart or Gary Cahill would be likely captains, given Wayne Rooney's temperament he shouldn't be considered as a captain but should still have enough quality at the age of 32.

A predicted starting XI may look something like this.

                                                                 Hart (C)

                Flanagan               Jones                        Cahill               Shaw

                                              Barkley                     Wilshere

              Oxlade-Chamberlain                                                           Sterling




Players who may be on the periphery of the squad would include:
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea)
Josh Murphy (Norwich City)
Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)
Conor Coady (Liverpool)
James Wilson (Manchester United)
Liam Moore (Leicester City)



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