Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy take part in shooting drill vs Joe Hart

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We’re just seven months away from the 2018 World Cup and the current England squad is pretty underwhelming, to say the least.

After several players withdrew from the squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil - including Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane - Gareth Southgate has turned to some inexperienced stars to play against two of the best nations in world football.

Having said that, debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek produced impressive performances against Germany, earning a 0-0 draw, they will be hoping to do something similar against Brazil.

While Loftus-Cheek will struggle to earn a permanent place in England’s starting XI for the World Cup, Pickford will be hoping his display could see him become the number one for next summer's tournament.

To do so, he will need to beat the likes of Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Ben Foster and Fraser Forster to the number one jersey.

Those goalkeepers will need to impress Southgate at every possible opportunity between now and June, both in matches and in training.

While Pickford had his chance at Wembley against Germany, it was Hart in the firing line during training before the Brazil clash.

Unfortunately for him, though, strikers Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham were in fine form.


In an interesting video released by the FA’s official YouTube page, the three strikers - as well as Jesse Lingard towards the end - participated in a series of drills with Hart in goal.

And you’ve got to feel sorry for the West Ham goalkeeper as, more often than not, the forwards smash the ball past him showing off their impressive finishing ability.

Watch: England strikers take part in shooting drill

Take a look: (the shooting drill starts at 3:40 in the video)

You can't exactly expect Hart to save shots from the edge of the penalty box from the likes of Rashford and Vardy, though, can you?

In all seriousness, the decision of who will start in goal in Russia is one of Southgate’s biggest dilemmas.

Southgate on England goalkeepers

And after Pickford’s outing and clean sheet against Germany, the manager will hand Hart the opportunity to stake his claim versus Brazil.

“Jordan had an excellent game [against Germany],” Southgate admitted.

“Now there is an opportunity for Joe to have experience against top opposition as well.

“We are all aware that there’s really good competition for places in that area of the pitch.”

England Training

Hart will just be hoping his defenders don’t allow the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho opportunities to shoot from the edge of the box. If they do, expect similar results to what we've seen in training this week.

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