World Cup Countdown: England winners & losers

With only 7 weeks left to impress which players enhanced and eroded their World Cup chances this weekend?


Dele Alli

Apparently out of form and nursing a fading World Cup dream! Hmm Alli was devastating at Chelsea scoring the brace that broke Spurs long winless run at Stamford Bridge. Ali’s place in the England squad has never been in doubt but his place in the starting 11 has come under pressure from Jesse Lingard, a strong end to the season should see the Tottenham man get the nod.

Joe Hart

A clean sheet! His first since England’s November draw with Brazil. There’s still a long way to go before Hart is back in the conversation for the England number 1 slot but he is putting some distance between himself and Nick Pope for a place in the squad.

Tammy Abraham

Made an impact after coming on at half time at Old Trafford and forced 2 world-class stops from David De Gea (he’s a bit special in goal). It’s been a stop-start season for the Chelsea loanee at Swansea but there is an opening for a physical in form striker in England’s squad (No not Andy Carroll!) A good run now and Abraham might just sneak in.

Jack Wilshere

A week ago it looked all over for Jack but a quick to return to fitness, injuries elsewhere (more on that below) and an excellent display in a largely disinterest Arsenal side and suddenly his World Cup prospects look a lot brighter. Wilshere must keep playing if he’s to have a chance but he did himself a power of good against Stoke.

Harry Maguire

The question is no longer does Maguire go but does he start against Tunisia. Yet another assured display for Leicester has the cultured centre back in the frame to , Gary Cahill and Micheal Keane won’t be pleased!


Adam Lallana

Oh dear, his game lasted 5 minutes and with a catalogue of injuries this season it’s looking bleak for Lallana. Jurgen Klopp provided some positive news by saying Lallana’s season isn’t over after his muscle injury, but with so little football under his belt it looks like he’d be better off recovering over the summer and trying to rediscover his form in pre-season.

The depressingly familiar sight of an injured Adam Lallana

Jordan Pickford

At fault for at least one of Manchester City’s goals and even his customary neat distribution was off- admittedly not helped by having what appeared to be 10 stuffed manakins for teammates.

Danny Welbeck

Awful! Welbeck lacked touch, poise or threat as Arsenal laboured (Wilshere aside) in front of the mausoleum that the Emirates Stadium has become. Subbed after just 60 minutes I suspect that wasn’t Arsene saving the forward to play in the Europa League.

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