World Cup: England’s starting XI based on transfer market values 

Harry Kane

England‘s 2022 World Cup adventure is drawing ever closer.

Their opening Group B clash against Iran is now just over two months away as Gareth Southgate prepares to name his final squad for the global carnival.

The upcoming international break is going to be crucial for Southgate and co. as they finalise who will be on the plane to Qatar.

Who will Gareth Southgate pick in his England squad?

The selection of a World Cup squad is always one of the hottest debates among fans and experts alike with everyone sharing their opinion on what would be the best way to approach the tournament.

Of course, the likes of Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford are all but guaranteed their place but there will be dozens of English dreamers fighting tooth and nail to book their spot in that squad.

England’s XI based purely on stats from this season would make for an exciting line-up that would have a genuine chance of going very deep into the tournament.

Gareth Southgate
Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – England Training – St. George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, Britain – June 17, 2021 England manager Gareth Southgate during training REUTERS/Carl Recine

But what if the side was selected based purely on the most valuable English player for each position?

Using the handy data tools on TransferMarkt, we were able to put together that exact side and, well, it turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag.

England’s World Cup starting XI if it was picked on market values

GK: Jordan Pickford: £25.2 million

Pickford often saves his best performances for an England shirt and will be hoping to have the same sort of impact in Qatar.

LB: Ben Chilwell: £34.2 million
CB: Fikayo Tomori: £45 million
CB: Ben White: £36 million
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold: £72 million

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 03: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC at Goodison Park on September 03, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

While this would be a pretty exciting defensive line-up going forward, you can’t help it would be a bit of a liability when it came to actual defending.

CM: Phil Foden: £81 million
CM: Jude Bellingham: £72 million
CAM: Mason Mount: £67.5 million

The midfield would be the biggest point of concern. While all three players are incredibly talented footballers in their own right, you can’t help but feel that, as a trio in the engine room, they would really struggle.

England most valuable XI
England XI based off market values

LF: Jadon Sancho: £67.5 million
RF: Bukayo Saka: £63 million
ST: Harry Kane: £81 million

Another exciting little trio but you can be sure it won’t be Southgate’s first choice. Kane will, of course, lead the line, but who the England boss picks as the captain’s attacking lieutenants is another question entirely.

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