England's World Cup 2018 hopefuls

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Goalkeeper - Jack Butland

Joe Hart is likely to still be England's number one come 2018. But if his form drops or he is injured, Jack Butland should be ready in between the sticks. With one cap already for the national side, at the age of 21 he will be looking to add to that, and become a permanent fixture for both Stoke City and in the England setup.

Right Back -  Jon Flanagan

The Liverpool full-back has been impressive this season at the age of 21 becoming a solid fixture at left-back. However right-back is his preferred position and with Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker not claiming the spot as their own, Flanagan could well step up to the mark.

Centre Back - John Stones

Also on standby for this year's World Cup squad, the 20-year-old has made massive progress since the start of the year. Starting his first game on January 1 this year, he has gone on to catch the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson and is on standby despite only having eight caps for the U21s.

Centre Back - Phil Jones

Although he has already broken into the England squad, he has not quite gone on to fulfil his potential. Part of Manchester United's team, these next few years are crucial for 22-year-old Phil, he is tipped by many to become England captain, including former U21 boss Stuart Pearce.

With Louis van Gaal coming into Manchester United and many experienced defenders on the way out, the new United side could be built around Jones, leading to international recognition and a starting spot.

Left Back - Luke Shaw

The 18-year-old has had such a good season this year it has forced Roy Hodgson into making the unenviable decision to drop Ashley Cole, in favour of the Saints left-back for the World Cup.

Linked with big moves this summer, as long as he gets first-team football, he should be England's left-back for years to come.

Right Midfield - Nathan Redmond

Despite getting relegated with Norwich City, Redmond showed glimpses of the talent that saw Norwich pay Birmingham £3 million for his services last year. His pace and ability to take on a player are exciting and appear to come naturally to him, he just needs to work on his final ball and decision making, which will come with time. 

Centre midfield - Ravel Morrison

The West Ham player has spent most of this season on loan at Q.P.R and has performed very well, and is a big reason why they won promotion back into the Premier League. He should be getting more game time for West Ham in the coming season, and his technical ability cannot be questioned. Another 21-year-old with bags of potential.

Centre Midfield - James Ward-Prowse

The Southampton player has made good progress making many appearances this season for both Southampton and the England U21s. He scored an impressive free-kick against Brazil, and at just 19 he has plenty of time to strengthen his game, both mentally and physically.

Centre Midfield - Nick Powell 

The Manchester United ace has been impressive this season on loan at Wigan Athletic scoring seven goals. Now aged 20 he must learn to make his game a bit more rounded and work on his chance creation as he is still very much a raw talent. 

Left Midfield - Tom Ince

His form for Blackpool was sensational and he - like Redmond - possesses lethal dribbling and pace. A big money move could be on the cards to Inter Milan this summer, if this is the right move for Ince considering his international career, it remains to be seen. If he gets a few seasons in the Premier League before 2018 I'm sure he will impress.

Striker - Saido Berahino

Berahino was one of the players with an outside chance of making this year's squad, but missed out as his form tailed off. With West Brom staying up, he will once agin get the chance to prove himself at the top level.

He bagged eight goals in all competitions this year and earned himself a call up to the U21s back in August. A good run of form for this confidence player could be the making of him.

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