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    World Cup 2018 - Discussion

    The draw has been made:

    World Cup groups:

    Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
    Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
    Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
    Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
    Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
    Group F: Germany, Sweden, Mexico, South Korea
    Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
    Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

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    Group F looks tasty, on paper England should qualify with Belgium but we never make it easy!

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    Draw against Tunisia, narrow win against Panama and lose to Belgium. That's my prediction!

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    Least we play Belgium last so hopefully we've both qualified by then.

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    Once again a favourable draw for England!

    Wonder who Russia bribed fir that draw

    Best groups are D,F and H

    D and H are cracking groups

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    I wonder who England and Brazil bribed for theirs...

    Russia will lose to Uruguay and struggle vs. the Saudi and Egyptians

    I worry for the Mexican team

    England should qualify easily, but who knows after that

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    Any confirmed squads yet?

    Sounds like Hart and Wilshere have been left out for England. Rightly so!

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    Confirmed squads aren't for another couple weeks, these are just provisional ones at the moment, hence why some have more players than others, although England's sounds like it's gonna be the set amount plus 5 standby players apparently.

    From the Express site, "Fifa require the final 23-man squad lists to be finalised on June 4, at the latest, although many counties will have already announced their teams well in advance."

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    England Squad


    Goalkeepers:
    Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

    Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.

    Midfielders:
    Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.

    Stand-by: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livemore and Adam Lallana.

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    Hart dropped The three goalkeepers there probably about right.

    Bertrand unfotunate to be overlooked for Rose who has hardly played. Alexander-Arnold in then despite no caps He's done well to be fair so expect this to be an experience for him really. No Jones or Smalling! Thought Smalling would get the nod over Cahill, tbh.

    Wilshere not included at last! No Lallana too - Southgate not taking a risk there for once. Loftus-Cheek is a surprise though, had an inconsistent season so I thought Livermore may get in to cover the MCs. Shame Oxlade-Chamberlain got injured.

    Forwards look about right to me. Carroll/Defoe never had a hope of getting in despite rumours.

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    Jones is in there mate. I imagine Walker might be played as one of the three centre backs, doesn't make sense having Walker, Trippier and Alexander-Arnold all for the right wing back role at the expense of another midfielder.

    As you say the forwards kind of pick themselves.

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    Interesting squad for England. Looks very good up front.

    As for the groups... group D should be fascinating, four quite different styles of play in those four teams.

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    Chuffed TAA is there

    No major surprises - glad he didn't take Hart

    Smalling missing a bit of a surprise. Delph an odd choice - versatile but not great

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    Think Delph is in there to provide cover for LB and MC if necessary. He'll be unlikely to get a game imo.

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    Loftus-Cheek but no Milner?!

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    Milner's retired from international football otherwise he'd have been a cert.

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    Oh, too bad.

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    Yeah, I think he'd have made it in otherwise. Probably at the expense of Delph actually.

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    I do wonder if phone calls were made to him as he had a cracking season and is a calm influence on the squad I think Mr Boring.

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    Why is Wellbeck in???

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ View Post
    Why is Wellbeck in???
    Generally plays well for them

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    Yeah, he has a good record at international level though he hasn't done much this season so perhaps an unwarranted place.

    No Icardi in the Argentina squad, I see!

    No Morata, Alonso or Fabregas for Spain too!

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