Stan Collymore speaks the honest truth about England's midfield for the World Cup

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England's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup this summer has finally been announced - and safe to say it's sparked debate amongst football fans.

Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere both failed to make the cut while Liverpool's Adam Lallana has been put on standby by Gareth Southgate.

Meanwhile, Fabian Delph somehow secured a ticket on the plane to Russia and so too did Crystal Palace's Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Here's the squad in full:

Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young

Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy

Southgate has opted for youth over experience in some cases, but one of the biggest concerns about England's squad is arguably the midfield.


Without Wilshere's drive from deep and Jonjo Shelvey's wide range of passing, it's a wonder who in England's midfield will step up to dictate and control games.

Dier and Henderson are both superb defensively but don't add much going forward, while Delph spent most of last season at left-back and Loftus-Cheek is young and unlikely to start.

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It's certainly a problem for Southgate to solve and now Stan Collymore has pointed out that England haven't got anyone capable of 'owning a game'.

"Midfielders. Lots of decent technicians without anyone having the ability to own a game, dictate a game at this level," Collymore tweeted (see below).

"Which is why I'm guessing Loftus Cheek is seen as the potential midfield maverick as others are known quantities."

In Collymore's defence, he's absolutely right. Most teams at the World Cup will have at least one player who can dictate and dominate, but that's not so much the case for England.

Collymore also gave his opinion on the goalkeepers, defenders and forwards Southgate has selected for Russia.

"Keepers. Happy enough, all young with best years ahead of them. No Shilton's or Banks's in terms of talent but solid enough," he added.

"Defenders. Plenty of pace in full-back positions, still not convinced there's a top-class central defender in the group.

"Forwards. Experience, pace, skill, goals, technique. By far the most impressive department of the squad, just need the right 3 blend and get them some bloody service!"

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