Five uncapped England players Gareth Southgate should consider for Russia 2018

13th Mar 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 before deciding on his final squad.

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, having already netting 11 goals.

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 11th place in the table. Should he feature in either of England’s friendlies against Netherlands or Italy later this month, Murray would be the oldest player to make his international debut for England since Fred Bullock in 1920.

Nick Pope - Burnley

Injury to Tom Heaton has seen Nick Pope establish himself as one of the Premier League’s outstanding goalkeepers this season. Having saved 78.1% of his shots faced, only David de Gea boasts a better percentage with 80.2%, while Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford sit ninth and 13th on that list respectively.

Both Butland and Pickford have struggled behind leaky defences this season, keeping a combined 12 clean sheets between them, but Pope has 10 and has arguably been the outstanding English goalkeeper in the Premier League this term.

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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 at their respective teams.

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 making the England squad.

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 before and it seems Swansea could face a tough time trying to keep hold of him in the summer.

Lewis Cook - Bournemouth

England’s current Under-21 captain Lewis Cook has taken his chance at Bournemouth with both hands by establishing himself as a regular in recent weeks alongside Dan Gosling in midfield.

Bournemouth went seven unbeaten when manager Eddie Howe initially started with Cook in the middle of the park, with the former Leeds man adding bite and efficiency to the team. After being an unused sub against Brazil in the last round of international fixtures, Southgate could take another look at the young midfielder once again during the upcoming international break