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England travel to Russia this summer hoping for success but expecting heartache. Every time a major international tournament rolls around, we as a nation convince ourselves that maybe, just maybe this will be our year. This summers World Cup won’t be any different, we have on paper a squad capable of beating pretty much anyone, with top flight Premier League players in every position across the pitch. We have a manager in Gareth Southgate who has been embedded with the ‘England DNA’, enduring success with the u21’s before taking the senior role in place of Sam Allardyce back in 2016.

Unlike previous recent managers, Southgate has represented his country more than 50 times, competing in three major tournaments throughout his career so knows exactly just how to approach this kind of competition. Qualifying for the knockout stages of this years World Cup should be fairly straight forward (emphasis on the word should). England have been drawn in a relatively weak group this summer, Roberto Martinez’ Belgium will undoubtedly prove to be a challenge for the Three Lions, but Panama and Tunisia should be routine victory’s for Southgate’s men.

England’s qualifying campaign

England endured a solid qualifying campaign to this years World Cup, they won eight and drew two of their ten matches in Group F, scoring eighteen goals whilst conceding just three. This will give them great confidence heading into this summers tournament in Russia, but they’ll be well aware that the challenge they’ll face in June will be much tougher than that of the qualifying stages. England’s group consisted of Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta, all teams that lacked any real quality and never looked like threatening their stance as group winners. Although extremely underwhelming at times, England still managed to grind out the results required to qualify for the World Cup and that’s ultimately all that matters.

The sheer lack of goals England scored throughout qualification is cause for concern however, they only managed to find the net eighteen times in ten games against very weak opposition so need to up the ante this summer if they’re to stand any chance of progression. Harry Kane finished qualifying as top scorer with five goals, which is miles behind the likes of Poland’s Robert Lewandowski and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who bagged fifteen and sixteen goals respectively. Even Christian Eriksen of Denmark, who plays as a midfielder scored eleven in ten qualification matches, so it’s clear to see just how much we need to improve our conversion rate in front of goal ahead of the World Cup. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem however, England have at their disposal one of, if not the deadliest striker in world football in Harry Kane so with the right service he will without doubt score goals this summer.

England’s odds for the World Cup

Gareth Southgate’s men travel to Russia as favourites to make it past the group stages, they should easily beat both Tunisia and Panama in Group G so it is firmly expected that they’ll be present in the knockout stages when they are introduced at the end of June. You can get them priced at 6/5 to win Group G, which could be a decent bet considering how poorly Belgium performed in Euro 2016 when they were knocked out of the competition by Wales. England are currently priced at odds of 20/1 to win the whole competition, which is incredibly short odds considering they haven’t reached a final of a major international tournament since 1966, where Alf Ramsey’s men beat Germany 4-2 to lift the trophy thanks that unforgettable Geoff Hurst hat-trick.

The Three Lions are just 6/1 to reach the prestigious final in July, which again seems fairly short when you take a look at their recent performances in previous World Cups. It could however be worth a punt, they do have an extremely talented squad on paper and as mentioned with the services of Harry Kane leading the line, could surprise people in Russia if they play to their full potential. Kane is priced at odds of 20/1 to finish as the tournaments top goalscorer, which when you look at the form he has displayed throughout the season so far could be a rewarding bet this summer. England are 4/5 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in July, so if you’re looking for a selection to put in as part of an accumulator that could be a decent shout.

Three Lions World Cup preparations

England’s attention has now turned to friendly matches to prepare for this years World Cup in June. Gareth Southgate’s men have already played two friendlies back in November where they drew 0-0 with both Germany and Brazil. Despite not scoring in either of those matches, the performances were solid and they can take many positives considering both of those teams will be favourites to win the World Cup in Russia.

To contain the huge attacking threat Brazil and Germany pose is definitely an achievement so they’ll take many positives into the forthcoming friendly games against the Netherlands and Italy in March. Those games in two months time will give Gareth Southgate a great opportunity to chop and change his squad around and experiment with some new formations which will in turn determine how they should play at this summers tournament.

Southgate’s squad for the World Cup

Before every major tournament there is always much deliberation over who should be in England’s squad and this year it’s no different. Like most other international managers, Gareth Southgate has some tough decisions to make selection wise before travelling to Russia in June. Of course, form is pivotal when it comes to choosing a squad, so things will undoubtedly change from now until the summer, but as it stands England have a strong squad at their disposal this time out. With the likes of Raheem Sterling displaying arguably his best ever form for Manchester City this season and Jack Wilshere now regaining his place back in the Arsenal midfield, the Three Lions have some great options going forward.

The obvious threat for England is leading goalscorer Harry Kane up front; the Tottenham front man currently leads the way in the Premier League goalscoring charts and is lethal in that final third so will be relied upon heavily in Russia. The big question is who will partner Kane up top; Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck will most likely be the supporting strikers for the 24-year-old, with Southgate probably opting to play an attacking midfielder behind the Spurs forward in the form of fellow Tottenham man Deli Alli. The two link up exceptionally well for their club on a weekly basis, so will hopefully emulate some of that form in this years World Cup. Elsewhere in defence, Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and John Stones are more than likely to partner Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand. Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham) & Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) are also expected to be included in Southgate’s squad.

In midfield, Eric Dier (Tottenham), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) & Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) are almost guaranteed a spot on the plane to Russia, while Harry Winks (Tottenham), Jack Cork (Burnley), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Brom) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) all find themselves within contention based on their performances from now until the end of the campaign.

England’s World Cup Fixtures

Click on the fixtures below for more up to date match information, odds and betting details.

England V Tunisia, Monday, 18th June – Volgograd, 7 pm

England V Panama, Sunday, 24th June – Nizhny Novgorod, 1 pm

England V Belgium, Thursday 28th June – Kaliningrad, 7pm