In just a few days, England manager Gareth Southgate will put to bed all the speculation and confirm the three lions squad for the upcoming World Cup.
The former Middlesbrough man has until June 4th to conclude his full 23-man squad for the tournament, but his intention is to announce a provisional squad ahead of schedule.
With a few injuries being confirmed to be out of Southgate’s options. The three lion’s gaffer has opted to approach the squad with caution, he will keep a backup list of five players. These will be on standby should there be any injury concerns.
This comes after Liverpool duo Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both ruled out of the tournament with season-ending injuries.
Another Liverpool player is a potential doubt for the squad. Reds midfielder Adam Lallana has suffered from an injury-stricken season and now finds his potential inclusion in jeopardy. This could be a big loss for England, the ex-Southampton man was widely regarded as the country’s best performer just last year.
The build-up to the squad announcement promises to be an intriguing one, with possible speculation set to increase. Southgate you would think still has some crucial decisions to make in regard to some positions. A key position being in goal, the debate has been quite heavy this season as to who should be England’s number one. Does Nick Pope deserve to be on the plane? Coming after an outstanding season at club level for Burnley.
Lots of unanswered questions remain and only one man can answer them is the boss himself. Southgate will speak about his chosen selection to the media the Thursday following his announcement and it will certainly be worth looking out for!
What are you guys thinking about this one? The biggest tournament in world football is on the horizon. Who do you think should be going to Russia? Also, how do you feel about England’s chances?
Let us know in the comments.
— England (@England) April 13, 2018