England’s No.1 stopper for World Cup confirmed as squad numbers announced




Jordan Pickford looks set to start in goal for England at the World Cup after the squad numbers were announced and he claims the number one shirt. That leaves Jack Butland as second choice with the number 13 shirt and Nick Pope, number 23, as third choice.


In defence, Kyle Walker has claimed the number 2 shirt with Danny Rose claiming the number three shirt on the opposite side. That may not mean that Rose has sealed the left wing-back spot however as Ashley Young has his preferred number 18, the number he wears for his club side Manchester United.


Eric Dier, John Stones and Harry Maguire have secured number 4,5 and 6 which could suggest the first choice back three in place although it is thought that Kyle Walker will start in one of those positions. Eric Dier may play in midfield as he did v Nigeria with that number four shirt, alongside Jordan Henderson who is number eight.


In the attacking positions, Jesse Lingard has been awarded the number 7 shirt whilst there are no surprises as Harry Kane is awarded number 9 and Raheem Sterling the number 10 shirt. Jamie Vardy will be hopeful of a starting place having secured the number 11 shirt, although he may have to make an impact from the bench. 

Marcus Rashford also goes with his club number of 19, whilst Fabian Delph goes from 18 to 17 for his county. Trent Alexander-Arnold will be hopeful of getting on the pitch in Russia, and if he does he will be sporting the number 22 on his back.

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