We might be surprised by how far this England team could go in Russia

We might all be surprised by how far this England team could go in Russia… but Gareth Southgate’s side must be bold – they really have no other choice

Ian Ladyman for the Daily Mail

This is an England squad that lacks quality in some areas. 

However, in Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, Gareth Southgate has three players who could carry this group further than we may imagine. 

Southgate needs this trio fit and firing when England get to Russia. With them at their best, England will be able to hurt teams. Without them, England will scare nobody. It really is that simple.

Gareth Southgate has three players who could carry England further than we may imagine

Gareth Southgate has three players who could carry England further than we may imagine

Gareth Southgate has three players who could carry England further than we may imagine

The England manager needs the likes of Harry Kane fit and firing in Russia this summer

The England manager needs the likes of Harry Kane fit and firing in Russia this summer

The England manager needs the likes of Harry Kane fit and firing in Russia this summer

Players like Kane, Alli and Sterling should benefit from the experience of France 2016 and from a coach who we hope will provide them with a more liberating platform to work off than Roy Hodgson did. 

England lacked belief and spark under Hodgson at big tournaments. Southgate must be brave enough to give his creative players the right system. 

Across the back four and in goal, England look like a team who will concede goals against the best opposition. 

So be bold England. You really have no other choice. 

Players like Tottenham midfielder Alli should benefit from the experience of France 2016

Players like Tottenham midfielder Alli should benefit from the experience of France 2016

Players like Tottenham midfielder Alli should benefit from the experience of France 2016

With Kane, Alli and Raheem Sterling at their best, England will be able to hurt teams

With Kane, Alli and Raheem Sterling at their best, England will be able to hurt teams

With Kane, Alli and Raheem Sterling at their best, England will be able to hurt teams

 

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