The adventurous England XI Gareth Southgate must play at the World Cup following squad announcement: Tottenham star in front two, Liverpool ace in midfield

CM: Jordan Henderson

Okay it really starts to fall apart in central midfield, but what are you going to do? Jack Wilshere should surely have gone, but Jordan Henderson is an improved player under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and should be a starter in Russia.


Jordan Henderson is one of England’s strongest midfield options

CM: Eric Dier

Another player who hasn’t quite moved forward as one would’ve hoped, but Eric Dier is a solid option in the middle and does his job in front of the back four well.

RAM: Raheem Sterling

Could Southgate be ballsy and play 4-4-2? We think it might be the best way to line up in attack, with this kind of front four almost a 4-2-4 with plenty to cause havoc for opposition defenders. Raheem Sterling has been superb for City in a similar free role breaking into the box from wide-right and he should be a key part of this England team.

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Raheem Sterling has had an outstanding season for Manchester City

LAM: Dele Alli

Not a winger in the traditional sense, but Dele Alli has occasionally started from the left-hand side and seems another good option to move around into dangerous areas and confuse opponents with late darts into the box when possible.

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