The Stats Suggest James Tomkins Should Be In England's 2018 World Cup Squad

Gareth Southgate is set to name his 23-man England squad for the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday and there will be plenty of nervous players as they wait to hear whether they will be on the plan to Russia, or booking a summer holiday with friends and family.

Southgate has a tricky job on his hands as he bids to find the right balance to his squad and we've used statistics from WhoScored.com to select the best 23 players in their positions according to their average ratings out of ten for the Premier League season just gone (minimum 15 appearances).

Goalkeepers

It seems likely that three goalkeepers will head to Russia and Burnley's Nick Pope, with an average of 6.93 has been the best performing English keeper this season, ahead of Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford. Fraser Forster (6.51) and Joe Hart (6.27) could find their chances jeopardised by a number of high profile errors.
Final Picks: Nick Pope (6.93), Jack Butland (6.76), Jordan Pickford (6.63).

Defenders

Chris Smalling has fallen out of favour with Southgate but he has been a trusted lieutenant of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and he, along with the likes of James Tomkins and James Tarkowski have been the best performing English centre-halves. Smalling is 7/4 to be in the squad with Paddy Power.

Ashley Young has been a man reborn at left-back, as has Fabian Delph at Manchester City, while Trent Alexander-Arnold has been superb for Liverpool and William Hill offer 5/6 for him to be named in Southgate's squad on Wednesday.

Joe Gomez would make the cut but misses the World Cup through injury, while Kyle Walker (7.09) and Harry Maguire (7.09) just miss the cut.
Final Picks: James Tomkins (7.36), Chris Smalling (7.28), James Tarkowski (7.22), Ashley Young (7.21), Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.21), Kieran Trippier (7.12), Ben Mee (7.12), Fabian Delph (7.11).

Midfielders

It is no surprise to see that Raheem Sterling is ranked as the best midfielder in England, according to Who.Scored.com, but the growing talk of Jonjo Shelvey making the plane isn't backed up by statistics. Shelvey is 2/1 to make the squad with Bet Victor.

James Milner (7.25) has been a model of consistency but has retired from international duty, while Brighton's Solly March and the marmite figure of Jese Lingard are surprise inclusions.
Final Picks: Raheem Sterling (7.68), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.22), Dele Alli (7.18), Andros Townsend (7.15), Eric Dier (7.10), Solly March (7.05), Jordan Henderson (7.00), Jese Lingard (6.99).

Forwards

The first name on the team-sheet will be Harry Kane thanks to his 30 goals in 35 Premier League appearances, while Jamie Vardy will surely be on the plane after scoring 20 in 37 league outings. There is an argument for Glenn Murray receiving a call-up based on his return of 12 goals from 25 league outings and even Ashley Barnes could be considered as he is the fourth-best rated English forward according to WhoScored's player ratings.
Final Picks: Harry Kane (7.67), Jamie Vardy (6.97), Glenn Murray (6.83), Ashley Barnes (6.81).

2018 England World Cup Squad Odds

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*Odds correct as of 6th Jun, 10:46. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Monday, 14th May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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