The dream of England winning the 2022 World Cup may be over, but with such a talented group of young players, could 2026 be England’s year?
The younger players have shone during this competition; names like Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, and Declan Rice have the all-star status for their nation.
All of these players will be four years older and four years more experienced when the World Cup is scheduled to be held in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico in four years.
Not to mention that there are a ton of other talented players who weren’t selected this time but who undoubtedly will be in four years.
Naturally, we’ll maintain the 4-3-3 formation, and we anticipate seeing a lot of recognizable faces, largely because this England team already includes many young stars.
Sportshebron has decided to make an educated guess about the potential starting lineup for the next World Cup in four years.
Jordan Pickford, goalkeeper (32)
Reece James – right-back (26)
Fikayo Tomori – center-back (28)
John Stones – center back (32)
Ben Chilwell, – left-back (29)
Declan Rice – defensive midfield (27)
Jude Bellingham, – central midfield (23)
Jacob Ramsey (25) and Manson Mount (27) – central midfield
Right Wing – Bukayo Saka (24)
Phil Foden – left wing (26)
Harry Kane – striker (32)
Ivan Toney, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tammy Abraham, and Harry Kane were not strong enough to fill in for Kane this time.
Given the trajectory of recent years and the talent pool we are aware of, it is likely that the Three Lions will be as good, if not a better side, when the time comes. Four years is a long time in football, and it is impossible to predict the state of English football at that point.
Gareth Southgate has been devoted to a particular group of players, but we don’t even know if he will still be in charge, which could undoubtedly have an impact on the starting lineup.