England’s World Cup wannabes: who should be on the plane to Russia? | Sachin Nakrani

We assess the performances of the 10 players who had most to prove in the games against Germany and Brazil and ask whether they should be in next summer’s squad

No goals scored and only three shots on target – it is fair to say England’s displays in their two end-of-year, prestige friendlies against Germany and Brazil were less than sparkling. However, the occasions did allow Gareth Southgate to fully test his increasingly favoured 3-5-2 formation and allow a host of players, some new, some old, to stake their claim for a place in his squad for next summer’s World Cup. The Guardian looks at how the 10 with the most to play for fared.

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