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Gareth Southgate England’s 23-man squad for Russia 2018 is a big leap forward

England’s national football team is going through a generation transformation, and Gareth Southgate England’s 23-man squad for Russia 2018 is a big leap forward. Three Lions have always entered the FIFA World Cup tournament as one of the favourite, thanks to their great generation of footballers representing them in last three World Cups. But this time they’ll enter the tournament with some of the unknown faces at international level.

There were always big names like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, and Joe Hart were framed into England’s squad, and this high profile team used to be favourite. Now, almost representing England for more than a decade and suffering worst performances, these greats took retirement and allowed others to form the group.

Southgate must be lucky to get England’s job at the same time when most of these greats said goodbye to their international career. He doesn’t have to cope with individuals’ ego. He will almost have a squad at his disposal where he’ll be the boss.

He has uncapped players in his squad like Trent Alexander- Arnold. He has fresh bloods in Dele Alli, John Stones, Kylie Walker, Erik Dier, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford. He almost has a new squad except some of the senior players in Garry Kahil, Ashley young, and Jordon Henderson.

Southgate said, “I believe this is a squad we can be excited about. It is a young group but with some really important senior players, so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of experience, its character and also the positional balance.”

England’s coach is right. Three Lions haven’t won anything with their celebrity status squad, now it’s time to focus on football. They are the players who haven’t got much of the attention at the international level and it will help them to concentrate on football.

England’s 23-man squad for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Delle Ali (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordon Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welback (Arsenal)

Along with his these 23 names, there are five on standby in Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jack Livermore (West Brom), and James Tarkowski (Burnley).

It’s a big leap forward from Gareth Southgate. He doesn’t have players who have previous experiences of World Cup, but they look good as a team on papers. There are some real qualities. Let’s see how they do better than their golden generation of footballers from last two decades.

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