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England’s Defender Dilemma

If England fans are going to allow themselves to dream of a spot in the World Cup final *lol* then it’s going to be all about counter attacking football and if there’s one place England need to be sure they are solid, it’s at the back. Here is a rundown of defenders who have a chance of a ticket to Russia and who we think will actually go…

 

Kyle Walker England Defender

Kyle Walker

2017/18 International Apps: 7*

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 29

Clearances: 57

Tackles: 43

With the premier league title pretty much bagged, the £50 million pound right back has been pivotal to their title winning campaign and will be an odds on to be a first name on the squad sheet.

 

Eric Dier England Defender

Eric Dier

2017/18 International Apps: 6

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 30

Clearances: 74

Tackles: 52*

Tottenham’s Eric Dier is one of England’s most versatile players, he can play in midfield or as a centre back and has had a decent season with Tottenham looking very likely to be in the champions league spot. As an all-rounder it looks very likely he will also be in the world cup squad, but as a starter? Tell us what you think.

 

John Stones England Defender

John Stones

2017/18 International Apps: 6

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 16

Clearances: 31

Tackles: 15

One of the most expensive centre backs in the history of football, the city player hasn’t really had the best of seasons with only playing 16 games and falling down the pecking order. He still looks to be a strong contender to be in England’s starting line-up as he will be part of a title winning squad with Manchester City looking to win the Premier league title.

Ryan Bertrand England Defender

Ryan Bertrand

2017/18 International Apps: 5

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 28

Clearances: 50

Tackles: 40

Southampton looks to be one of the 3 teams looking to be relegated, Bertrand’s season hasn’t been the best, but bagging good playing time he has managed to be involved in many of England’s games leading up to the World Cup. With Danny Rose not getting much game time at Tottenham and Ashley Young not being a out and out Left back, Bertrand’s chances to be in the squad is odds on.

 

Harry Maguire England Defender

Harry Maguire

2017/18 International Apps: 4

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 31*

Clearances: 147

Tackles: 50

Since his move from Hull, Harry Maguire has been talked about quite a lot as one of the most solid centre backs in the premier league. At a bargain price the £16 million pound defender has made a positive impact in Leicester’s season and will be looking to be on that plane to Russia.

 

Kieran Trippier England Defender

Kieran Trippier

2017/18 International Apps: 4

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 20

Clearances: 37

Tackles: 42

Following Kyle walker’s departure from Tottenham Trippier has come into the Tottenham squad and has taken his chance with by the neck. His permanence’s have matched Tottenham’s and has been pivotal to their Champions league place, with them currently in 4th.

With Kyle Walker winning the Premier league he will most likely be the first choice right back with Trippier being the back up.

 

Danny Rose England Defender

Danny Rose

2017/18 International Apps: 4

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 6

Clearances: 6

Tackles: 12

Danny Rose season has almost been non-existent in Tottenham’s squad, with his appearances coming more in the carling cup and the fa cup. His chances of making it to the World cup are still on the cards as he has featured for England this season but will he make the final cut?

 

Gary Cahill England Defender

Gary Cahill

2017/18 International Apps: 3

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 21

Clearances: 74

Tackles: 25

The most experienced English defender comes in Gary Cahill. After winning the Premier League last season, his season hasn’t been one to remember for him as his starting spot has been taken by the young defender Christiansen and has been used more as back up then a main centre back.

Even though he hasn’t played a full season I believe his experience can prove more than just minutes as he has been through these competitions before and help with the young defenders  and be a supportive figure.

 

Ashley Young England Defender

Ashley Young

2017/18 International Apps: 3

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 24

Clearances: 62

Tackles: 46

The winger turned left back has had a very good season playing as left back for Mourinho’s United team. His form has helped with United’s great performances this season and there 2nd place spot justifies this. I believe he is an option for England to be used in this position as part of a back 5 but only as a back-up as he does have a mistake in his game which in a cup competition can prove a factor.

 

Phil Jones England Defender

Phil Jones

2017/18 International Apps: 3

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 21

Clearances: 121

Tackles: 21

Phil Jones, another experienced England defender has had a bad time with injuries recently, but he has managed to remain fit for the second half of the season and has bagged some much needed game time to earn his place in the world cup squad. But for me he should be last of the options and be a back up to the rest of the centre backs, his injury problems is a big liability and other defenders have done more to take this spot.

 

James Tarkowski England Defender

James Tarkowski

2017/18 International Apps: 1

2017/18 Premier League Apps: 24

PL Clearances: 173*

Tackles: 40

The Burnley defender has had an amazing season, with Burnley sitting 7th the player has proved to be a major factor in Burnley’s rise to the top half of the table. His stats show he has made the most clearances out of all English defenders and has been one of the best defenders in the league and could make the PLs team of the year. I believe he has shown his ability to be composed and solid in a very tough league battle. James Tarkowski has done enough to make the England squad, but do you agree?

 

So with all these defenders discussed my choices to take to the world cup are…

Gary Cahill, James Tarkowski, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Eric Dier, Ryan Bertrand, Ashley Young, Kyle Walker and Kierien Trippier.

This is how I would have my starting defensive line set up

Do you agree with what’s been said? Would you choose someone else to take instead?

Let us know which defenders from this list you think should be on that plane in the comments below.

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