What a future England XI might look like at the 2018 World Cup
England, 14/1 with Coral to win Euro 2016, are a team in transition. Following the retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, Roy Hodgson has started to give youth a chance, with the likes of Raheem Sterling recently rising to prominence.
After Euro 2016, the team may look slightly different again, and there may be question marks over the elder statesmen; Wayne Rooney, Glen Johnson and Gary Cahil. Hodgson made some big calls for the start of the qualifiers and as a result England have won all three fixtures without conceding, including an excellent 2-0 away victory over Switzerland.
Similar calls may need to be made after Euro 2016, the time when Hodgson’s contract runs out. Coral take a look at what the starting XI may be when World Cup comes round again, which England are 20/1 to win.
GOALKEEPER: JOE HART
Aged 31, he will be at his peak and vying for the status of best in the world. The Manchester City custodian has been an ever-present in the Three Lions squad for two years, and barring any major mistakes should still be number one.
RIGHT BACK: NATHANIEL CLYNE
The Southampton star has shown he has all the attributes to go all the way, and can become a mainstay in the side if he keeps performing. He will be 27 at the next World Cup and has a bright future.
CENTRE BACK: JOHN STONES
Tipped for big things, the Everton defender could be England’s answer to John Terry and Rio Ferdinand combined. Aerially dominant and comfortable with the ball at his feet, he can also read the game well, and can, in time, become better than Terry.
CENTRE BACK: ERIC DIER
Although currently utilised at right back by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, his natural and favoured position is in the middle. He possesses all the attributes to become a quality centre back, and can also score a goal.
LEFT BACK: LUKE SHAW
Caught up in the tricky transition at Manchester United, there is no doubt that Shaw will rediscover the form he was in at Southampton. An obvious successor to Ashley Cole, he has a fantastic left foot and boundless energy.
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER: CALUM CHAMBERS
Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said that the former Saints player has all the qualities to become a defensive midfielder, though over the next four years needs to excel in his development.
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: JORDAN HENDERSON
Has the quality to reach the level where he is consistently one of the first names on the teamsheet. He will be 28 when the next World Cup comes around, and his box-to-box ability is vital to the way England want to play.
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: JACK WILSHERE
So much promise, it’s about time the Arsenal man started to deliver. He has everything he needs to be the metronome England need in the middle of the park, though Xavi didn’t reach his peak until he was around 25; a year younger than Wilshere will be in four years time.
ATTACKING MIDFIELDER: RAHEEM STERLING
The most unpredictable player in this England XI and arguably the most talented. Sterling can go as far as he wants with the proper tutelage and can be the Three Lions equivalent of Lionel Messi.
STRIKER: DANIEL STURRIDGE
Following a frustrating stint at Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers finally seems to have got the best out of him, and in four years the 25-year-old should be well on the way to becoming the best striker in the world.
STRIKER: SAIDO BERAHINO
West Bromwich Albion’s forward has demonstrated this season that he is one of the most natural finishers in the Premier League currently. It is scary to think that he is only 21 years of age.