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England team for the World Cup in 2018

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Ross Barkley will have a big part to play in Moscow. (©GettyImages)
Ross Barkley will have a big part to play in Moscow. (©GettyImages).

Who should play for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia? Sam Elliott makes his selections...

Goalkeeper and defence

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

Age at Moscow 2018: 31
Caps: 43
Goals: 0

The Manchester City 'keeper will still only be 31-years-old at the next World Cup and will be one of the more experienced figures in a youthful team. 

Right back: Kyle Walker

Age at Moscow 2018: 28
Caps: 10
Goals: 0

Kyle Walker gets in ahead of John Stones of Everton or Jon Flanagan of Liverpool on the basis that his progress over the last couple of years has been limited by a lack of intelligence.

This will come with time and at his peak - combining frightening pace, attacking threat and hopefully a better understanding of the game, the Tottenham Hotspur full back will be a key man in Moscow.

Centre back: Gary Cahill

Age at Moscow 2018: 32
Caps: 26
Goals: 3

The most experienced of the possible back four in Russia. Cahill has looked solid in his brief England career so far and will be a much better player in Moscow. 

Centre back: Steven Caulker

Age at Moscow 2018: 26
Caps: 1
Goals: 1

Caulker gets in ahead of Phil Jones based on his performances over last season. He looks like an excellent, calm and assured centre back but it is vital that he leaves Cardiff and plays in the Premier League again next season at a time where he is guaranteed first team football.

Left back: Luke Shaw

Age at Moscow 2018: 22
Caps: 2
Goals: 0

There has been a lot of hype about Luke Shaw and I was tempted to put in his teammate, Nathaniel Clyne who had a solid albeit injury affected campaign. However I think that Shaw has much more potential and will blossom into one of the best full backs in the world at United.

Central midfielders

Centre mid: Jack Wilshere

Age at Moscow 2018: 26
Caps: 19
Goals: 0

If the Arsenal midfielder can shake off all of his injury concerns, he will come into this tournament at his peak and will be one of the players to watch. If the next few years go to plan, I think he will captain England in Russia. 

Centre mid: Jordan Henderson

Age at Moscow 2018: 28
Caps: 13
Goals: 0

Henderson seems to be improving every season after a slow start at Liverpool so it makes perfect sense that he will keep getting better and better in time for Moscow where, at 28 years of age, he will be at his peak.

Attacking midfielders

Right attacking mid: Raheem Sterling

Age at Moscow 2018: 23
Caps: 5
Goals: 0

The Jamaican born winger had an excellent season for Liverpool and looked threatening in England's brief Rio 2014 World Cup visit. He reminds me of a young Aaron Lennon. However Lennon hasn't improved in nine years which is where Sterling must differ from the Spurs winger. 

Centre attacking mid: Ross Barkley

Age at Moscow 2018: 24
Caps: 8
Goals: 0

Ross Barkley should play in the number 10 role in Russia and the team should possibly be built around the Everton danger man. He is so positive, always running at defenders, and will only improve with age while still being in the infancy of his career at 24 in 2018.

Left attacking mid: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Age at Moscow 2018: 24
Caps: 15
Goals: 3

The Ox looked very dangerous in England's warm up game against Ecuador before coming off with injury. He is still incredibly young and seems destined to have a great career with both England and Arsenal.

Up front

Striker: Daniel Sturridge

Age at Moscow 2018: 28
Caps: 14
Goals: 5

The Liverpool striker has been on fire for his club scoring 31 goals in 43 games in 18 months at Liverpool so far. He has also looked dangerous for England and has made a bright start to his international career going at over one goal every three games. 

England team for Moscow 2018: 4-2-3-1: Hart; Walker, Caulker, Cahill, Shaw; Henderson, Wilshere; Sterling Barkley, Oxlade Chamberlain; Sturridge

Subs: Forster, Jones, Smalling, Clyne, Chalobah, Rooney, Rodriguez, Stones, Flanagan, Townsend

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Daniel Sturridge
Jack Wilshere
Joe Hart
England Football
Jordan Henderson
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