Contrary to the opinion of some critics, England could sail through easily to the qualifier’s list for the World Cup fixtures scheduled in Russia during June-July 2018. Of course, it was no surprise of them getting qualified for the World Cup, but what surprised the critics was the fact that they topped the qualifying group.
It was rather a dampener but for the impressive goals by Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli, Malta would have an upper hand at Wimbley.
With this background, it might prove a daunting task for the coach Gareth Southgate to instill the killing instinct into the team players for ensuing 21st World Cup encounters.
England team qualified for the upcoming Russian tournament with a record of 38 games without losing any. However, the concluding two international breaks ended did not fascinate the football lovers and even the fans of the squad.
The hopeful inclusion of Harry Winks for the midfield in place of the injured player would be interesting to watch whether he will prove his mettle if he finds a place finally. Besides that, the chances of Danny Drinkwater for central midfield position also increased, and he might see as a probable for the final squad.
Similarly, the improving chances of Leighton Baines, Aaron Cresswell and Luke Shaw as an alternative at the left-back would probably enhance the chances of an improved performance.
Another option the coach has is to recall Jonjo Shelvey, who is considered as a technically gifted footballer, though he has not played since 2015 for England. Though the debut game of Lewis Cook brought him laurels, he might get a chance at the cost of some injured player. Therefore, the uncertainty still looms over the inclusion of these players.
In the backdrop of the performance by Michail Antonio, Dominic Solanke, Tammy Abraham, and Nathan Redmond, the chance of Ruben Loftus Cheek returning from injury are rather fading though his performance is not questionable.
Of course, the disastrous exit at the Euro 2016 against Iceland still fresh memory, it would be rather a daunting task for England to overcome the stigma and show the world that their strength should not be undermined.
The ability of Kane and Rashford would boost up the morale and motivational level of the team and no one can outright the rule of anything in the game of football.