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World Cup 2018: England XI (part 2)

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Oxlade-Chamberlain makes it, Cleverly does not. (©GettyImages)
Oxlade-Chamberlain makes it, Cleverly does not. (©GettyImages).

Welcome to part two of our look at the potential England 2018 World Cup squad. In part one, we looked at the goalkeeper and defenders, which included Jack Butland, Kyle Walker, Phil Jones, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ryan Bertrand.

In this second part, we will take a look at the midfielders and attackers looking to take a starting place in Russia in 2018.

Right Midfield | Theo Walcott (28 at 2018 World Cup)

Theo Walcott burst onto the scene at Southampton as a 16-year-old, coming off the bench. He made his full debut for Southampton in October 2005, in which he scored his first senior goal. In January 2006, Walcott joined Arsenal. He made his Premier League debut as a sub in August 2006 and started his first league game at home in October 2006. Walcott's quick rise to fame culminated in a call up to the 2006 World Cup 23-man squad. He didn't make an appearance at the tournament. Walcott has played 31 times for England, scoring four goals.

Centre Midfield | Jack Wilshere (26)

Wilshere has risen through the youth and reserve teams at Arsenal and is now a regular starter for the first team. He made his first team debut in 2008, at the age of 16. He spent five months on loan to Bolton Wanderers in the 2009-10 season, where he excelled. He spent the full 2011-12 season out injured. He suffered a stress fracture in his ankle and he underwent surgery in September 2011. Wilshere made his England debut in August 2010, coming on as a sub for Steven Gerrard. He made his full debut in February 2011 and so far has made seven appearances for England.

Centre Midfield | Josh McEachran (24)

McEachran joined Chelsea in 2001 as a 7-year-old and he has progressed through all youth and reserve teams, to play for the Chelsea first team. He made his competitive debut against MSK Zilina in September 2010 in the Champions League as a substitute. He made his Premier League debut, again in September 2010, against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. He has since had loan spells at Swansea City, from January 2012 to the end of the season, and this season, he is at Middlesbrough. McEachran hasn't played for the England senior team, but has progressed through the England youth set-up and is a regular in the England Under-21's.

Left Midfield | Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (24)

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in August 2011. In September 2011, he scored his first goal for the club in a League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town. Oxlade-Chamberlain is a quick and powerful player and he likes to get up and down the wing whenever he can. Oxlade-Chamberlain was called up to the Euro 2012 squad, where he started England's opener against France. He has currently played ten games for his country and has scored two goals.

Centre Forward | Danny Welbeck (27) Welbeck joined Manchester United as a youngster in 2001. He made his competitive debut in September 2008 in the League Cup against Middlesbrough and played in the next round. He started his first Premier League game in November 2008 and he marked his debut with a 30-yard strike for his first senior goal. Welbeck made his senior England debut against Ghana, whom were looking to call him up themselves, in March 2011. He appeared at Euro 2012, scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 victory against Sweden. Welbeck has now played 15 times for England, scoring five goals.

Centre Forward | Daniel Sturridge (28) Sturridge started his career at Aston Villa, before moving to Coventry City. He joined Manchester City in 2003, where he rose through the youth and reserve teams, before making his debut in February 2007. He scored his first goal in January 2008 in an FA Cup game and three days later, scored his first league goal for City. Sturridge's contract expired at Manchester City in July 2009 and in the same month joined Chelsea. He won the double in the 2009-10 season, appearing in the FA Cup final as a 90th minute sub. Sturridge enjoyed a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers from January 2011 to the end of the season, scoring vital goals keeping Bolton in the Premier League. Sturridge represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics in London. In January 2013, Sturridge joined Liverpool. He has played five games for England, scoring one goal in the 8-0 victory against San Marino.

Over the two parts, this is the team that could start the first game of the 2018 World Cup. Do you agree? Who would make your England team?

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