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How England’s Starting XI Could Look At The 2018 World Cup Prominently Featuring Arsenal And Liverpool Youngsters

The Three Lions could have a whole new look in four years time.

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Despite a quiet optimism surrounding Roy Hodgson’s management of the England national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup, the Three Lions crashed out of the tournament at the group stage with just a single point from three games.

Although this statistic denies the positives of the country’s performances – particularly against Italy in their opener – it’s clear that significant improvements are needed if they want to get anywhere near winning another major international trophy.

Whilst Hodgson will be in charge until after the Euro 2016 competition in France, CaughtOffside is looking a little further ahead to the next World Cup in Russia and here is how we think the English could be lining up in four years time.

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Although the so-called ‘peak period’ of goalkeepers appears to be getting younger and younger – just look at 22-year-old Thibaut Courtois – the Manchester City No.1 is still only 27-years-old and therefore, as the best choice between the sticks by some way, there is no reason to think that will not still be the case in 2018.

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