With the English team marked for a semi-final clash tonight (or rather tomorrow morning), and the current hype around them (they are massive favorites to win this World Cup), understanding the team would be beneficial, if not important. What are you waiting for, we can't wait to introduce them to you. Read on!

Goalkeepers

Jack Butland (Stoke) Age: 25, Caps: 7

Although Jack suffered relegation with Stoke City last season, he is the only goalkeeper in the squad with any tournament experience after being selected for Euro 2012.

Jordan Pickford (Everton) Age: 24, Caps: 2

Seen as the favourite to start at the World Cup, Jordan Pickford impressed Everton last season after joining from Sunderland for £30m.

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) Age: 19, Caps: 0, Goals: 0

The outfield wildcard in the squad. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sparkling displays in Liverpool’s Champions League run have earned him a spot on the plane.

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Age: 32, Caps: 58, Goals: 4

Recalled to the squad after regaining his place in Chelsea’s team towards the end of the season. By far the most experienced player that Southgate has chosen.

Phil Jones (Man Utd) Age: 26, Caps: 24, Goals: 0

Featured regularly for Manchester United as they finished 2nd in the Premier League but made a crucial error in their FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.

Harry Maguire (Leicester) Age: 25, Caps: 4, Goals: 0

A contender to start on the left-side of the back three following two excellent Premier League seasons, first with Hull and then Leicester.

Danny Rose (Tottenham) Age: 27, Caps: 16, Goals: 0, Squad number: 3

Endured a stop-start campaign due to injuries and loss of form. Despite that, he remains England’s best left wing-back and is likely to feature if he proves his fitness.

John Stones (Man City) Age: 23, Caps: 24, Goals: 0

A firm favourite of Southgate’s and likely to be England’s sweeper in a back three, owing to his composure in possession and ability to bring the ball out of defence.

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Age: 27, Caps: 5, Goals: 0

A potential starter at right wing-back after emerging as Tottenham’s first-choice at the end of the season. He has also provided Harry Kane with numerous assists at club level…

Kyle Walker (Man City) Age: 27, Caps: 34, Goals: 0

Arguably one of Southgate’s most important players, Kyle Walker is being tipped to play in a central defensive role after impressing in that position against the Netherlands in March.

Ashley Young (Man Utd) Age: 32, Caps: 33, Goals: 7, Squad number: 18

Out of the squad for four years, Ashley Young has clawed his way back in after being successfully re-positioned as a left-back by Jose Mourinho.

Midfielders

Dele Alli (Tottenham) Age: 22, Caps: 23 Goals: 2

Dele Alli wasn’t quite able to replicate his 2016-17 form last season but he still made a valuable contribution to a Spurs side that finished 3rd in the Premier League.

Fabian Delph (Man City) Age: 28, Caps: 9, Goals: 0

Some were surprised to see Fabian Delph make the cut but he featured prominently for Manchester City as they won the title, albeit in an unfamiliar left-back role.

Eric Dier (Tottenham) Age: 24, Caps: 25, Goals: 3

A useful player to have at a major tournament due to his ability to cover a variety of positions. Eric Dier will predominantly be used in central midfield and has captained England under Southgate.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Age: 27, Caps: 38, Goals: 0

Captained Liverpool to a Champions League final but missed out to Kane on the armband for the World Cup. Thought highly of by Southgate and should be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) Age: 25, Caps: 10 Goals: 1

Well-regarded by both Southgate and Mourinho. Jesse Lingard was the match-winner in England’s 1-0 win over the Dutch and has scored crucial goals in finals for his club.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Age: 22, Caps: 2, Goals: 0

A man-of-the-match display on his debut against Germany certainly helped Ruben Loftus-Cheek as did a strong season with Crystal Palace. Potential starter?

Forwards

Harry Kane (Tottenham) Age: 24, Caps: 23, Goals: 12

The leading English goalscorer in each of the last four Premier League seasons, Kane will have the honour of leading his country out in Russia. Undoubtedly England’s biggest goal threat.

Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) Age: 20, Caps: 17, Goals: 2

Suffered at times with Manchester United last season but a potential match-winner on his day. Likely to play the role of impact-sub.

Raheem Sterling (Man City) Age: 23 Caps: 37, Goals: 2

One of the few players in the squad guaranteed a starting place off the back of his finest ever season where he played a key role in Manchester City’s title win.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Age: 31, Caps: 21, Goals: 7

Enjoyed his second-most productive goalscoring season with 20 Premier League goals and always offers a threat when he plays for England.

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Age: 27, Caps: 37, Goals: 15

Much-derided by supporters of Arsenal and England, Danny Welbeck is a manager’s dream and actually has a very impressive international record.

Squad on!

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