Three Players Who Need To Be At Their Best If England Are To Win World Cup

England will be looking towards Qatar2022 as a chance to build on the excellent work that they have done in recent years and finally win another international tournament.

In recent years, Gareth Southgate has created a side that can compete with the very best and one that the nation has been able to get behind. It shows how far they have come when you consider that they ended Euro2020 disappointed, despite the fact they made it all the way to the final.

In terms of the England squad, these are the three players that they will need to perform if they are going to win their second World Cup, in Qatar.

Harry Kane

Manchester City fans are looking at their disappointing season so far and pointing towards their need for a complete striker. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur fans are looking at their season thus far with dejection, wondering where their world-class striker has disappeared to.

Of course, Kane has been present for Spurs, but he hasn’t been half the player he was before he tried to push through a move to City. In truth, both sides are probably looking at the current situation with some regrets.

As for Gareth Southgate, he probably just wants his star frontman back to his best regardless of what club he is playing for. For England to win the World Cup, Kane will need to be fit, in-form and full of passion. At the moment, he isn’t ticking any of those boxes.

Declan Rice

Declan Rice

Declan Rice, who played two non-competitive internationals for the Republic of Ireland, is now seen as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. For good reason too, as Rice and his West Ham side have been going from strength-to-strength in recent years.

Remember when he was available for a transfer of £100m.

The fact that West Ham could feasibly look for more now tells you just how good Rice has been. If there is a doubt around him, it is his performance in the top games and there are also questions about his ability to get forward.

However, for England, he knows his role and he does it brilliantly. Fans will be aiming to traveling to Qatar, however 2022 World Cup tickets are expected to be in high demand.

Jordan Pickford

The Everton stopper has a habit of reserving his best displays for the national team. Gareth Southgate has an excellent relationship with Pickford, but there are still questions around whether or not he is a top-class goalkeeper.

On his day, there are few English keepers that can compete, but he has been guilty of having a few rushes of blood to the head in the past. If England are going to go all the way with him at number one, he will have to keep his concentration at the most important moments.

Unfortunately, you would worry about the confidence his defence has in him, but it wasn’t an issue at the Euros, so maybe he has turned a corner.