England World Cup 2018 Preview
The England national football team have qualified this year for the World Cup race this summer in Russia. The qualifying group was comparatively pleasant for them, the most challenging teams were Slovakia, Slovenia, and Scotland and they progressed in the qualifying round and were not really tested in those matches and were not exposed as much.
England is always the most hyped up team in the World Cup by its fans, and this time they need to have realistic expectations if they want to progress in the world cup.
England team has a lot of new talent on their side, they got some young players and they are a bit spoiled too. they will have to show composure and confidence at the world level. The team has also adapted to the possession-based game plan that was introduced by Spain in the 2010 world cup and it has worked for them quite well, but in defending they still have some difficulties.
There has always been potential in the team for good football but the expectations of the people are so damn high every time for England team that in important or big matches we see them getting under pressure and sometimes they show cramp-looking performances and they fail to produce the results.
Gareth Southgate was appointed as a caretaker coach for England team in place of the previous coach Sam Allardyce in September 2016. On 30 November 2016, he became the head coach of England. He had a lot of passion and he has his hopes on some young lads in the team. He proved that he is brave by choosing young debutant Trent Alexander in the squad and also excluding Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere. Under Southgate’s supervision, England finished the qualifying round by being on top of the group F.
The Star Player for England
Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane is the hope for England to make their mark in this world cup. Zinedine Zidane gave him the title of a perfect player. He is probably one of the best strikers at this time. He had scored 5 goals in the qualifying round for World cup 2108.
Group G: England, Belgium, Panama & Tunisia.
The group is not tough for England, apart from Belgium the other two teams Panama & Tunisia are comparatively easy to handle. But they have to give them respect and play with caution because any team which qualifies for the tournament can be dangerous at any time.
England Fixture and schedule
Monday, June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G) – Volgograd, 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 24: England v Panama (Group G) – Nizhny Novgorod, 8 a.m. ET
Thursday, June 28: England v Belgium (Group G) – Kaliningrad, 2 p.m. ET
England team squad for world cup 2018
The final squad for the world cup will be announced on the 4th of June and after that, there will be no changes in the squad. England coach Southgate has announced the 23 men squad of England including 5 standby men for the world cup 2018 you can see the list from below link: