The Three Lions have a long history of underperforming on soccer’s biggest stage, so much so that expectations are unreasonably low for Gareth Southgate’s team. The squad, ranked No. 13 in the world, is actually quite good and should advance easily to the knockout rounds. What’s more, a long run is not out of the question. Don’t look for Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney or Frank Lampard to lead the charge, however; this team belongs to Tottenham’s world-class striker Harry Kane and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling. Mix in two quality fullbacks in Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, along with a fleet-footed striker in Jamie Vardy, and England could accomplish the inconceivable: impressing its demanding fans.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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