Gareth Southgate names his England World Cup squad on Wednesday – but earlier this week we asked you to select YOUR 23-man group to take to Russia. And the results are in.
Thousands of you picked your preferred England squads using our squad selector – and there seemed to be a general consensus across the country, with the 23 players listed below clearly the most popular picks.
So read on to see who would make the cut if the skysports.com readers were in charge of naming the England squad – and then stay tuned across our platforms on Wednesday for reaction to Southgate’s official selection…
Your England squad
Pickford, Butland, Pope; Trippier, Walker, Rose, Young, Maguire, Stones, Cahill, Smalling; Sterling, Alli, Dier, Henderson, Lallana, Wilshere, Shelvey, Loftus-Cheek; Kane, Vardy, Rashford, Welbeck.
Sky sources revealed on Tuesday that Joe Hart has been told he won’t be going to the World Cup and you agreed that the now-former England number one should be left at home.
Instead, Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s breakout star Nick Pope form the goalkeeping trio.
Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier was a hugely popular selection, with his club mate Danny Rose also selected, along with former Spurs ace Kyle Walkerand Manchester United’s converted full-back Ashley Young.
In central defence, Manchester City’s John Stones and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire received plenty of votes, but there was also encouragement for Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, who was left out of the previous England squad. The same goes for United’s Chris Smalling, who has received some criticism from Southgate but clearly remains popular with our readers.
After a stunning season for champions City, it is no surprise to RaheemSterling make it into thousands of squads selected by our readers. Tottenham’s Dele Alli also has lots of supporters, while England regulars Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson, of Spurs and Liverpool respectively, are included, too, along with Henderson’s fit-again team-mate Adam Lallana.
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been splitting opinion over the past few months but makes it into our readers’ squad, as does Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey – an outsider to make the official group – and rising star Ruben Loftus-Cheek, after an impressive year on loan from Chelsea at Crystal Palace.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane was an obvious selection, given another superb goal-scoring season, while Leicester’s Jamie Vardy remains a respected option for our readers.
United’s Marcus Rashford is likely to be in Russia and gets support here, while Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck – who has had some success on the international stage – gathered enough votes to make it into the squad, too.
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