England shocked everyone by getting to the World Cup semis. But can they build on that?

England UEFA Nations League Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

England 1 vs Spain 2

Starting Line-ups:

England: Pickford, Trippier, Shaw, Maguire, Gomez, Stones, Henderson, Lingard, Alli, Rashford, Kane

Spain: De Gea, Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Alonso, Niguez, Busquets, Alcantara, Isco, Aspas, Rodrigo.

Goals from Rodrigo and Saul Niguez gave Spain a 2-1 victory. Marcus Rashford scored England’s goal.

(UEFA)


Not a lot was expected of England heading into the World Cup but the side, behind the leadership of Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate, somehow managed to get all the way to the World Cup semi-finals. And even in that game England went 1-0 up thanks to a Kieran Trippier free-kick so could have got into the Final had it not been for two slight defensive mistakes.

Now the task facing Southgate is to build on that success and continue to progress. This is by no means an easy one considering England have both Spain and their semi-final opponents Croatia in their UEFA Nations League group. No doubt England will be seeking revenge on the latter of those two.

Kieran Trippier of England scored a free-kick against Croatia (Getty Images)

The Coach 

Gareth Southgate, age 47 (03.09.70)
Caretaker from September 2016, he was handed a four-year deal that November. Previously the under-21s’ manager, he played in the 1998 World Cup finals, where England lost in the round of 16, and missed a crucial penalty in England’s Euro 96 semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany. He has been given more time to succeed with the England national side after a brilliant World Cup getting to the semi-finals.

Gareth Southgate, coach of England (Getty Images)

England UEFA Nations League Group

England are in League A, Group 4 with Spain and Croatia.

England UEFA Nations League Fixtures

08/09/2018 Saturday 20:45 A4 England 1 vs Spain 2
12/10/2018 Friday 20:45 A4 Croatia vs England
15/10/2018 Monday 20:45 A4 Spain vs England
18/11/2018 Sunday 15:00 A4 England vs Croatia

England UEFA Nations League Squad

Gareth Southgate has lost Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana, and has brought in Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli too.

GOALKEEPERS: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham)

DEFENDERS: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City) Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

MIDFIELDERS: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

FORWARDS: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

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