England squad: How Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions should look, according to statistics

30 Aug

England will take on Spain and Switzerland later this month as they look to build on an incredibly successful World Cup 2018.

It seems like only yesterday the Three Lions were ending their penalty hoodoo in an incredible game with Colombia in the round of 16.

England players celebrate beating Colombia on penalties at World Cup 2018.

Manager Gareth Southgate is set to don his waistcoat once again and has picked his first squad since the tournament.

It’s pretty much as you were, although Luke Shaw, Joe Gomez Adam Lallana, and Alex McCarthy have all returned.

This sees Nick Pope, Phil Jones, and Ashley Young all drop out, along with the retiring Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy.

But some supporters are stunned Danny Welbeck is back in the squad, despite not being a regular for Arsenal.

So who deserves a call up if we factor in form and fitness? We’ve analysed the statistics from WhoScored.com and picked out what the squad could have looked like, although James Milner and Michael Keane miss out due to international retirement and injury, respectively.

Check out our England squad below.

England manager Gareth Southgate was all smiles at the squad announcement

Goalkeepers
Alex McCarthy (Southampton) – 7.13/10 average WhoScored rating

Ben Foster (Watford) – 6.72/10 average WhoScored rating

Joe Hart (Burnley) – 6.62/10 average WhoScored rating

Defenders

James Tarkowski (Burnley) – 7.80/10 average WhoScored rating

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) – 7.70/10 average WhoScored rating

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – 7.62/10 average WhoScored rating

Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – 7.43/10 average WhoScored rating

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – 7.40/10 average WhoScored rating

Wan-Bissaka has impressed this season for the Eagles, despite a red card against Liverpool.

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) – 7.38/10 average WhoScored rating

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – 7.32/10 average WhoScored rating

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – 7.29/10 average WhoScored rating

John Stones (Manchester City) – 7.25/10 average WhoScored rating

Midfielders
Dele Alli (Tottenham) – 7.98/10 average WhoScored rating

Dele Alli is playing excellently for Spurs in a deeper role.

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) – 7.40/10 average WhoScored rating

Will Hughes (Watford) – 7.30/10 average WhoScored rating

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 7.28/10 average WhoScored rating

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) – 7.22/10 average WhoScored rating

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Demarai Gray (Leicester City) – 7.20/10 average WhoScored rating

Theo Walcott (Everton) – 7.14/10 average WhoScored rating

Tom Davies (Tottenham) – 7.10/10 average WhoScored rating

Forwards

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – 7.75/10 average WhoScored rating

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Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 7.54/10 average WhoScored rating

Troy Deeney (Watford) – 7.49/10 average WhoScored rating