FIFA World Cup: England look up to Harry Kane
England will be looking to shake off the under-performers tag, when they take the field in Russia. English squad has always been filled with notable names, but the big players haven't lived up to the billing in mega tournaments. England have a nice blend of players, but certain selections have left people baffled. We analyze the team under Gareth Southgate.
Team dependent a lot on talisman Kane
Harry Kane was named the captain of England by Southgate. Undoubtedly, he is the pillar of the team. He has been in tremendous form, in the last three seasons, scoring goals at will. England need him to weave his magic in 2018 World Cup.
England lack the experience in goal-keeping
England will be without Joe Hart, who was dropped by Southgate. They have gone in with the likes of Jack Butland, Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford. The trio have impressed in the Premier League, but they lack experience. Butland saw his side Stoke City get relegated this season, but he is likely to get the nod as the number one.
Defensive structure has its loopholes
Surprisingly, Southgate has gone ahead with a lot of full-backs. With Kyle Walker and Ashley Young as potential starters, he has four other options as well. In central defense, Phil Jones and John Stones could get the nod, but both have had a start-stop season in EPL. The bench strength has Harry Maguire and Gary Cahill, who do not look convincing.
Mid-field in need of solid bench strength
It depends on what formation Southgate goes with. Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson look like no-brainers and Dele Alli could feature in, as well, if a three-man mid-field is chosen. When one looks at the bench, there is City's Fabian Delph and Chelsea youngster Ruben-Loftus Cheek. The desired depth is lacking here, given Delph has played mostly as a make-shift left-back at City.
In attack England can match any top team
The strength of this English side lies in the attack. Raheem Sterling is generally set to play from the left-flank with Kane upfront as the striker. Jesse Lingard will lend support from the right. Marcus Rashford can come in from the bench and make a serious impact. Jamie Vardy is a perfect replacement for Kane. Then they have the utility player in Danny Welbeck.