The countdown to Russia 2018: How will England line up against Tunisia?
It’s certainly time to dig out the old England shirt, as the countdown to kick-off ticks down to below double figures.
The England team have certainly had a good training camp so far, winning both their pre-tournament friendlies, with Gareth Southgate’s next team selection being their opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
He’ll certainly have his eleven firmly in mind now, but who is most likely to start for the Three Lions?
Plenty of pundits and media outlets are having their say, so with just a few days to go, here’s how we think Southgate’s men will line up:
Goalkeeper - Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford has been given the number one shirt, so it seems inevitable that he’ll be starting on June 18.
He’s played the full 90 minutes in recent friendlies, rather than be switched like Jack Butland and Nick Pope, meaning the shirt is just about sewn up.
Central Defenders - Kyle Walker, John Stones, Gary Cahill
The return of Gary Cahill to the squad and his heavy inclusion in the recent friendlies will perhaps see him get the nod over Leicester’s Harry Maguire.
Kyle Walker looks settled on the right hand side of defence, while John Stones is also looking like the player who will complete the threesome following the recent friendlies.
Wing Backs - Kirsten Trippier, Ashley Young
Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier looks set to get the nod on the right wing ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold, while it might be worth taking in a few betting offers and backing Ashley Young on the alternate wing following his performance against Nigeria.
Young has put in some splendid performances for Manchester United this season, but it was always expected Danny Rose would line up on the left.
He’s well and truly put himself into contention though, and is now expected to start alongside Trippier.
Central Midfielders - Eric Dier, Dele Alli
With England expected to name an attacking line up, Eric Dier and his Spurs teammate Dele Alli look likely to take the game, just as they did against Nigeria.
Against the likes of Belgium however, they may play more conservative and sit Jordan Henderson alongside Dier.
Attacking Midfielders - Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling
Both Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard have had fantastic seasons with their clubs and performed well again in the recent friendlies.
They look likely to sit behind Harry Kane and be provider for the Spurs man, while Sterling may be expected to chip in himself with a 20+ goal season behind him.
They Manchester City man will be one of England’s key players and a big tournament from him could see England progress nicely.
Forward - Harry Kane
There’s only one man that’s going to lead the line for the Three Lions and that’s captain Harry Kane.
The Spurs striker has scored 41 goals this season and his record for England in the last two years is eight goals in seven games.
He’ll be looking to set an example to the rest of his teammates, and a good start from him could also see him be in the hunt for the Golden Boot.