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Gareth Southgate has told one England player to lose weight to make the World Cup

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Despite the fact we are yet to enter 2018, a lot of football lovers are beginning to talk about England's team for the summer World Cup.

The international showpiece in Russia will be viewed with a lot of scepticism from a Three Lions perspective after two dismal showings in their last two major tournaments.

However, the form of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in the Premier League may give some fans hope, with Gareth Southgate guiding England through World Cup qualifying unbeaten.

But, there are a number of positions in the starting XI still not sorted.

In central midfield, the combination of Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson gives fans nightmares, while the defensive positions are all up for grabs.

And, perhaps the biggest one of all is between the sticks, with England's number one goalkeeper not really known by anyone yet.

Joe Hart isn't even starting for West Ham, so why should he continue to reign supreme? Well, he might not, because Southgate may be swaying towards Everton's Jordan Pickford.

But, there's a catch, because according to The Sun, the England boss has told the former Sunderland man to lose weight and get fitter ahead of the World Cup.

He wants him to enjoy a healthier lifestyle in order to become more agile between the sticks.

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Pickford's only cap for England so far came in the 0-0 draw against Germany, but the 23-year-old has been one of the finest keepers in England's top-flight so far in 2017/18.

PICKFORD'S COMPETITION

The Everton man is aware the likes of Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton and Jack Butland will challenge him for the spot, but he's also confident with his current form.

“It is still a long way to go," he told the Telegraph.

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"I have to keep putting performances in for Everton. The main thing is making sure I am on the plane. As long as I keep putting performances in week in, week out that that is all I can do. I cannot control anything else.

“There is loads of competition. It is hard. That is why you cannot think about that too much. You can do all the stuff on and off the pitch to get there, but the main thing is performing on a Saturday and getting clean sheets is only going to help. But I still feel it is a long way away and I just need to focus on grafting away and becoming better and more mature as a goalkeeper.”

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World Cup
Everton
Raheem Sterling
Football
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Gareth Southgate
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