Scottish icon Graeme Souness has revealed his England starting XI for the World Cup and believes the Three Lions’ hopes of glory rest with Harry Kane
England are preparing for their final two matches before the World Cup kicks off in November, when they take on Italy on Friday and Germany next Monday in the UEFA Nations League.
England are among the favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar, with only Brazil and France seen as weaker chances than Gareth Southgate’s side.
With just over eight weeks to go before kick-off in the Gulf state, Southgate will prepare to make their final judgment ahead of the final squad announcement as they look to do better than 2018 in leading England to a second consecutive major tournament. final.
England begin their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21 and Souness has revealed who he will pick in the line-up for the Group B opener in Doha.
“I left with [Jordan] Pickford in goal, a back-three from [John] Rocks, [Eric] Dier in the middle of a back-three with [Kyle] Walker, Souness told talkSPORT.
“The wingers of [Ben] Chilwell on the left and Reece James on the right.
“Between, [Declan] rice and [Jude] Bellingham, then ahead, [Raheem] Sterling, Kane and [Phil] Foden.
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Souness admitted he was considering going for Trent Alexander-Arnold in place of Reece James but felt the Liverpool man could be a better option on the bench.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool has been touted as not being a very good defender but looking forward there is no one better. If you need to chase the game you get Trent because of its delivery.
Harry Kane is three goals away from equaling Wayne Rooney’s all-time record of 53 goals for England.
The prolific Tottenham striker is set to make history but Souness believes he could create even more headlines if he has a good World Cup.
“I’m a huge Harry Kane fan,” Souness added. “I think England’s World Cup hopes hinge on Kane having a very good World Cup.
“If Kane has a really good World Cup, England could win it. He’s a world-class player. He’s someone who could get into anyone else’s team and he is the only one of the XI I named who can do it right now.
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