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After the U17 English team lifted the World Cup in India, expectations will be high on the senior squad when they travel to Russia next year. Gareth Southgate will have quite a task on his hand to select the right squad since most of their fortune will depend on who goes and who stays back. There’s a lot of competition for most areas on the pitch and that certainly does not make things any easier for the England manager.
Moreover, the choice between fresh, talented individuals and more seasoned mainstays does pose a bit of a problem but Southgate is known to be quite ruthless when it comes to these decisions and he will is likely to make these decisions bereft of any residual guilt. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at three players Southgate should most definitely include in his squad.
Wilshere should be included in Gareth Southgate’s upcoming England squad after returning to full fitness with the Gunners. He has now recovered from the broken leg he suffered while on loan at Bournemouth last season and has been largely utilised by Wenger in the cup competitions this year, as the midfielder continues to work his way back into Wenger’s plans. The 25-year-old impressed during the 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade earlier this month, and he has been quite solid in general.
It is not easy for a youngster like him to play against the reigning European champions Real Madrid. Also, it is certainly not easy to go up against the likes of Kroos and Modric in the midfield – and trump them twice. And yet, Harry Winks has done it quite effectively.
His performances for Tottenham have sky-rocketed in terms of value after being handed regular starts by Mauricio Pochettino. The young midfielder’s fine form has been truly encouraging and if he continues this, he is likely to seal a spot for himself in England’s World Cup squad.
Crouch boasts an excellent scoring record for the Three Lions, having found the net 22 times in 42 caps but he has not been involved in the national team set-up since 2011. This could be the year though since the striker has been excelling for Stoke City since the beginning of the new season. He scored 3 goals in Stoke’s opening 7 Premier League games, which is quite admirable. Moreover, Crouch is capable of bringing so much more than just goals to the squad, which should see him receive a call next year.