Five uncapped England players Gareth Southgate should consider for Russia 2018

13th May 2018

With the World Cup edging ever closer, it is time for fans and pundits alike to pick their theoretical 23-man England squads for Russia 2018 as Gareth Southgate looks to end a 52-year wait for a major trophy.

There are the dead certs, dubious picks and wildcards, who often come into the equation after an outstanding season at club level.

It’s no different this time around and we have picked out five uncapped players who Southgate could consider having a late look at.

Scroll down to see the unfancied players vying for a place on the plane...

Glenn Murray - Brighton

The fourth-highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season behind Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy, Glenn Murray has been a surprising success story in the top flight.

Few expected the 34-year-old to have such an impact for the Seagulls this term, but he has been vital to their rise to their survival.

Murray would be the oldest player to make his international debut for England since Fred Bullock in 1920 if he does get an unlikely nod.

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Nick Pope - Burnley

Injury to Tom Heaton has seen Nick Pope establish himself as one of the Premier League’s outstanding goalkeepers this season. 

Both Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford have struggled behind leaky defences this season, but Pope has arguably been the outstanding English goalkeeper in the Premier League and will also feature in the Europa League next season.

If Southgate is picking on form, Pope is in with a decent shout.

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Jamaal Lascelles - Newcastle

The song goes “Southgate’s got his number, he’s taking him to Russia...” and there could well be truth in the claims of Newcastle supporters. Like Pope, Lascelles benefits from a lack of options in his position, with many English centre-backs currently struggling for regular game time.

Lascelles, meanwhile, has done an outstanding job captaining Newcastle and at 24 he still has bags of potential to improve and could well have an outside chance of sealing a place on the plane.

Alfie Mawson - Swansea

Relatively unknown to many when signing for Swansea from Barnsley in 2016, Alfie Mawson has turned himself into one of the Swans’ most vital players. The versatile defender has been a virtual ever present in the Welsh club's side since breaking into the first-team fold last season.

A defender comfortable playing with the ball at his feet and also used to playing in a back three, Mawson would give Southgate options of playing different ways in defence.

Having earned six caps at Under-21 level, he has been around the national set up and was part of the senior squad for recent friendlies against Netherlands and Italy but did not make it onto the pitch.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool

There always seems to be one youngster who bursts onto the scene and jumps to the front of the queue, doesn't there?

Not many fans would have even heard the Liverpool full-back's name this time a year ago but Alexander-Arnold is very much in the reckoning.

The 19-year-old, who has won three Under-21 caps, has forced him way up the pecking order by helping Jurgen Klopp's side reach the Champions League final.

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