by Press Association May 15 2018, 1.05pm Updated: May 15 2018, 1.47pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week Joe Hart’s World Cup dreams appear to have gone up in smoke as Gareth Southgate prepares to name the England squad bound for Russia. Months of speculation, scrutiny and intrigue come to a head on Wednesday afternoon, when the 23 men charged with taking on the world’s best this summer are revealed. Their delight will contrast markedly with the disappointment of those missing out, with Hart – comfortably England’s most experienced player – said to have missed the cut. Despite the 75-cap goalkeeper’s struggles for form and game-time, Southgate spoke glowingly about his professionalism and leadership when third-fiddle to Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in March’s international meet-up. The England manager also underlined the importance of … [Read more...] about Hart reported to have missed the cut for England World Cup squad
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Former England players Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand will join the BBC's World Cup 2018 coverage from Russia next month. Jurgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta will add an international perspective from the Match of the Day studio in Moscow's Red Square, where Gary Lineker will lead the coverage. The BBC will televise 33 live games, including England's two opening Group G matches against Tunisia and Panama on June 18 and 24 respectively. Vicki Sparks will become the first woman to commentate on a World Cup game for British television during the tournament, which gets under way when the hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia on June 14. YOUR World Cup kit ratings revealed 47 show all YOUR World Cup kit ratings revealed 1/47 Drum roll please, ladies and gents. Here are the best World Cup kits, as voted for by you. Adidas 2/47 They say: A home shirt combining the traditional home kit colors of the country, white and green. Nike 3/47 They say: The away jersey … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Former England internationals Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand part of BBC’s team in Russia
The month of May has been kind so far to Dominic Solanke. He began it on the pitch as a late substitute in a Champions League semi-final in Rome. A first Liverpool goal against Brighton and Hove Albion followed last Sunday, in a match that he began ahead of more experienced players like Danny Ings and Adam Lallana – a measure of the faith Jürgen Klopp has showed in his 20-year-old recruit from Chelsea. And still to come is the excitement of a Champions League final, with the possibility of a winner’s medal to add to the one collected at the U20 World Cup last June, along with his Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player. The season has ended brightly for Lewis Cook too. Of that England team, it is the man who lifted the World Cup trophy as captain who made the most Premier League starting appearances (25) in 2017/18 – a notable improvement on his four in 2016/17. It says plenty about Cook’s progress in a Bournemouth shirt that a run of 18 … [Read more...] about England’s Under-20 World Cup winners one year on: Does the future still look as bright for country’s young lions?
Do not take two players for every position With managers required to pick 20 outfield players for World Cup squads, many fall into the trap of selecting two-per-position, believing such a policy covers for injuries that could derail progression through the tournament. This is the wrong thing to do. Let’s take Fabio Capello’s final 2010 squad as a case in point, specifically the defence. Glen Johnson was the only out-and-out right-back; John Terry, Matthew Upson, Ledley King and Michael Dawson covered the two central positions; Jamie Carragher could play both centrally and at right-back, while Ashley Cole and Stephen Warnock were Capello's left-backs. Of those eight defenders, two - Dawson and Warnock - were not needed for a single minute. They watched from the bench while Theo Walcott, a player more likely to be used as a game-changing substitute, watched from the sofa at home after being cut from Capello’s 30-man provisional squad. Would it not have been … [Read more...] about England World Cup 2018 squad: Four rules Gareth Southgate should follow
On the last day of the Premier League season, Danny Rose and John Stones will be given one final chance to prove their fitness before Gareth Southgate names his World Cup squad. With the campaign ending on Sunday, the England manager will watch Tottenham Hotspur face Leicester City at Wembley. His assistant, Steve Holland, will attend Southampton’s home match against Manchester City. Southgate intends to select Rose and Stones for Russia, if they are fit, as well as Adam Lallana. It is hoped the midfielder might feature in Liverpool’s match at home to Brighton having trained all week. Southgate will submit a provisional 35-man squad to Fifa on Monday – which will not be made public – before revealing his 23-strong squad on Wednesday. He is expected to name five standby players and they are due to include Liverpool right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19. There is relief that Kieran Trippier of Tottenham does not appear to have a serious thigh injury after going … [Read more...] about World Cup D-Day: Last-chance fight for players to win their places in England’s final 23-man squad for Russia 2018