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The Potential 2018 England World Cup Team

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The first couple of weeks following the World Cup are horrible. Any team not named Germany will be deflated, the next fixture is a long way away and the attention turns to club football.

Jeff Gross

However we're here to talk about England, all year round. Unfortunately at the moment we are littered with articles about how England are light-years behind the Germans in term of squad development and grass-roots set-up, while all that is true, we have to remember that Germany went through a similar Barron spell in the early 2000's before they developed their team. We may not be following the same model, however it doesn't mean we won't see results. It's very reactionary to look to the infrastructure of the World Cup Winners and try and copy it, however if you can't copy it you must find your own path.

To that extent, the BBC posted a really interesting article about who may trot out for England at Russia 2018. It's quite a detailed article, so head over and give it a read whenever you get the chance. However I thought I may as well thrown my two cents into the ring with a possible squad projection.  I have listed the players below with their current club and their age in 2018.

Joe Hart - Manchester City (Aged 31)

Callum Chambers - Southampton (Aged 23)

Luke Shaw - Manchester United (Aged 23)

John Stones - Everton (Aged 24)

Gary Cahill - Chelsea (Aged 32)

Jordan Henderson - Liverpool (Aged 28)

Jack Wilshere - Arsenal (Aged 26)

Ross Barkley - Everton (Aged 24)

Raheem Sterling - Liverpool (Aged 23)

Theo Walcott - Arsenal (aged 29)

Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool (Aged 28)

That is a rough projected line-up based on the emerging talent we have coming through the ranks. Nobody can tell me we're not producing top quality players when you look at that list. Not to mention you can throw in some more players who will likely be around the squad battling for a starting spot:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal (Aged 24)

Jack Rodwell - Manchester City (Aged 27)

Jack Butland - Stoke (Aged 24)

Chris Smalling - Manchester United (Aged 28)

Nathan Redmond - Norwich (Aged 24)

Jamaal Lascelles - Nottingham Forrest (Aged 24)

Ravel Morrison - West Ham United (Aged 25)

Liam Moore - Leicester City (Aged 25)

Nathaniel Chalobah - Chelsea (Aged 23)

James Ward-Prowse - Southampton (Aged 23)

I could go on and on. We have a lot of good young English talent in this country and the majority of the first 11 I named, will be getting regular first team football at one of the major clubs in the Premier League. We knew this World Cup would not be the one we really showcased our talent, it was a handover almost, however we don't need to panic just yet, not when you look at the team above.