In a two-part feature, we will be looking at the young guns trying to make the England 2018 World Cup squad. Here is a look at the goalkeepers and defenders who could make the starting XI for the first group game.

Goalkeeper | Jack Butland (25 at 2018 World Cup)

Butland signed for Stoke City in January 2013 for £4million and was immediately loaned back to Birmingham City for the remainder of the season. Butland made the England squad for Euro 2012 but didn't feature. He did make his full debut in the 2-1 win against Italy, in the process becoming the youngest ever England international goalkeeper at the age of 19 years 158 days.

Right Back | Kyle Walker (27)

Walker signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2009 in a combined deal with Kyle Naughton. Walker made his Tottenham debut in March 2010. He was called up to the England squad in February 2011, but didn't feature. He did though make his debut against the 1-0 win against Spain, coming on as a sub in the 85th minute, with his first start coming in the next game against Sweden in November 2011, during which he won man-of-the-match.

Centre Back | Phil Jones (25)

Jones started his career at Blackburn Rovers, making his Premier League debut against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw, just after his 18th birthday. Jones signed for Manchester United in June 2011 for a fee believed to be £17million. Jones made his England debut in October 2011 in a Euro 2012 qualifying game against Montenegro. Jones can also play at right back or centre midfield.

Centre Back | Nathaniel Chalobah (23)

Chalobah, born in Sierra Leone, has been at Chelsea since 2005. In the 2011-12 season, he captained the Chelsea's reserve and youth sides, and led the 2012 FA Youth Cup winning team. Chalobah travelled to Munich with the first team for the Champions League final. He joined Watford on loan in August 2012, where he has scored four goals in 30 appearances. Chalobah has never been called up to the England squad, but has featured for the Under-21's, but he is still eligible to play for Sierra Leone.

Left Back | Ryan Bertrand (28)

Bertrand started his career at Gillingham, before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2005. Having progressed through the Chelsea youth teams, Bertrand made his Chelsea debut in April 2011, coming on as a sub for Ashley Cole in a 3-1 win against Birmingham. He started his first European game in the Champions League final win against Bayern Munich, playing left midfield. He scored his first Chelsea goal in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in August 2012 in the FA Community Shield.


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