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first_imgSure to go if fit?Harry Kane, recovering from an ankle problem, will lead England’s line while Phil Jones is a relatively experienced option at centre-half.Still in contention?Gary Cahill and Michael Keane would need strong finishes to the season while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Harry Winks must prove their fitness. Facebook Twitter MidfieldersJake Livermore England are short of central options but the West Bromwich Albion midfielder was unused and is slipping further down the pecking order. NoLewis Cook Now capped and a player with a huge future in the game who might gain long-term benefit for experiencing the finals in Russia. In the balanceEric Dier His versatility makes him a certainty, and he will surely begin against Tunisia in Volgograd. The only question is where. YesAdam Lallana One Premier League start to his name this season but a source of creativity on whom England will lean. YesJack Wilshere Tendinopathy has ruled him out in the past. Given that knee condition flares up regularly, can Southgate risk him at a tournament? No Dele Alli Southgate opted against starting him in these fixtures but his link up with Kane remains an asset. YesJesse Lingard Thriving at this level having made a fine impression in both games. Now challenging Alli for a starting berth. YesAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain Offered a chance centrally having impressed at Liverpool and suits the style Southgate is promoting. YesJordan Henderson Thrived as a midfield pivot in Amsterdam and his leadership qualities have earned praise from the management. Yes England Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Jack Butland is likely to be England’s No 2 in Russia. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Pinterest Jesse Lingard strikes as experimental England defeat Netherlands Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Of the 27-man squad selected for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, who should make the final 23 for the World Cup finals in Russia?GoalkeepersJordan Pickford Excellent in Amsterdam, and his distribution may establish him as first-choice at the finals. YesJack Butland Pickford’s closest challenger and still a player of such promise but may end up as a back-up. YesJoe Hart England’s most capped player will surely revert to his role at the 2010 finals as third-choice. YesNick Pope His push came late at Burnley but the 25-year-old was always an outsider. No John Stones challenges Italy’s Ciro Immobile on Tuesday night. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian DefendersJoe Gomez Gareth Southgate spies real promise in the versatile defender, despite an ankle injury limiting him to 10 minutes across both games. YesAlfie Mawson Will have benefited from involvement with the seniors over the past week but only an outside chance of travelling. NoKyle Walker An asset at right wing-back but now also in central defence. A key player in Russia. YesDanny Rose Patchy form at club level and not quite the certainty he once was. But a natural wing-back with tournament experience. YesJohn Stones Southgate’s preference in the middle of the back three, even if he is guilty of over-confidence at times. YesRyan Bertrand A back problem denied him involvement but he has been a regular under this regime. YesJames Tarkowski Shaky on debut and likely to be edged out in the final reckoning by more experienced campaigners. NoHarry Maguire Impressed against the Dutch and fits the system. Solid defensively and comfortable in possession. YesKieran Trippier His delivery is his primary asset and his combinations with Walker could be a feature of England’s tournament. YesAshley Young Experienced, adept on both flanks and could lean on that versatility to get the nod. Yes Share on Pinterest Pinterest Read more Pinterest Share on WhatsApp World Cup Facebook World Cup 2018 Share on Facebook Topics Jesse Lingard scored the winner against Holland to further his case to make the World Cup squad. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA Facebook Share on Messenger features ForwardsRaheem Sterling Mightily impressive in both games and that 20-game scoring drought will surely not be prolonged for much longer. YesDanny Welbeck A fringe player at Arsenal with 15 international goals to his name but may be the odd one out. In the balanceMarcus Rashford So sprightly last week, and can operate wide or centrally. His pace and opportunism make him an asset. YesJamie Vardy Failed to touch the ball in Amsterdam but finished emphatically at Wembley. A powerful option from start or bench. Yes Marcus Rashford mucks around with a Nerfball in training. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Share via Email Facebook last_img

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