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England's potential starting XI for the 2018 World Cup

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A new era for the England national team is underway, with Sam Allardyce set to manage his first game since succeeding Roy Hodgson on July 22.

His first test comes against Slovakia at the Stadion Antona Malatinskeho on Sunday night - and the former West Ham boss has already announced his starting XI.

Here it is: Joe Hart; Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, John Stones, Danny Rose; Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson; Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney, Adam Lallana; Harry Kane.

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The importance of victory over Jan Kozak's side cannot be overstated for Allardyce, who needs to hit the ground running to ensure future success.

But how might England line up at the 2018 World Cup in two years time? Let's have a look.

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GK - JACK BUTLAND

With Joe Hart's future as Manchester City and England's No.1 in doubt, there's an argument to be made that Jack Butland could be Allardyce's first choice come 2018.

The 23-year-old was fantastic for Stoke City before his untimely injury last season and has the potential to become one of Europe's best shot-stoppers.

RB - KYLE WALKER

Kyle Walker will face stiff competition from Nathaniel Clyne over the next two years but if he continues performing how he has over the past 12 months, he will likely retain his starting role.

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Barclays Premier League

His pace and aggressiveness are great assets for England.

CB - CHRIS SMALLING

In Chris Smalling, Allardyce has a future captain and an excellent leader at the back.

The 26-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since signing for Manchester United in 2010 and will carry on improving if he avoids injury.

CB - JOHN STONES

At 22-years-old, John Stones still has much to improve but also has the potential to be one of Europe's best centre-backs.

Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League

Likened to Barcelona's Gerard Pique, his composure at the back is what sets him apart from those also competing for a starting role.

LB - LUKE SHAW

Much like Walker, Luke Shaw must fend off competition from Danny Rose to secure a starting role but should do so having recovered from his leg break last year.

The left-back is solid defensively and a real threat when bombing down the flanks.

CM - ERIC DIER

Another potential captain, Eric Dier provides stability like no other in front of England's back four.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Premier League

Brilliant on the ball and unafraid to throw his body on the line, the Tottenham ace will be Allardyce's first choice in the centre of the park.

CM - JACK WILSHERE

A controversial selection, but if Jack Wilshere can shake off his injury niggles and finally establish himself at Arsenal, he will play a vital role for England at the 2018 World Cup.

I wouldn't hold your breath on that one, though.

RM - RAHEEM STERLING

Raheem Sterling is a star reborn under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and, if he can replicate such form on the international stage, he could become one of England's best players.

Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League

Consistency is an issue for the winger but he now has two years to erradicate that flaw under one of Europe's best managers.

CAM - DELE ALLI

Allardyce opted against starting Dele Alli in favour of Wayne Rooney against Slovakia, perhaps because of his poor start to the new season.

But at the age of 30, Rooney is on the wane and Alli represents the perfect successor in the No.10 role.

LM - ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

Another bold choice, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is finally starting to show what he's made of at Arsenal and could be set for a bright future in Allardyce's England set up.

Watford v Arsenal - Premier League

There are few more dangerous players in the Premier League when the 23-year-old is on song.

ST - HARRY KANE

It's been another frustrating start to the new season for Harry Kane but don't be fooled, he's England's best striker and will be for the foreseeable future.

Twenty-five goals in the Premier League last term says it all about his credentials.

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